Google Hits A Snag In Digitizing World's Books
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Google is facing a new problem in its efforts to digitize the world's books, as NPR's Laura Sydell reports.
LAURA SYDELL: But Judge Denny Chin nixed the agreement.
CINDY COHN: A class action settlement would seem to be a pretty uncomfortable vehicle for doing something as ambitious as what Google wanted to do.
SYDELL: That's Cindy Cohn, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which opposed the deal. Cohn says Judge Chin raised questions about the settlement because it gave Google rights to orphan works that no other company would have. Cohn agrees with the judge. She says Congress should deal with the issue of orphan works so that any company can digitize books.
COHN: Setting up something that maybe could look a little bit like what Google was setting up, only making it available for everyone, where there is a place where fees are deposited for authors.
SYDELL: Laura Sydell, NPR News, San Francisco.
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