New objections in Google Books case due

Once again, deadline looms in the Google Book Search settlement process, as a new round of objections to the revised settlement must be filed by the end of Thursday.

Updated 3:45 p.m. PST with note of the filing made by the Open Book Alliance.

Objections to the Google Books settlement are once again filling the mailbox of Judge Denny Chin, as another deadline in the saga looms.

It's the second go-round for objectors to the settlement, which would allow Google to partially display in-copyright but out-of-print books alongside books authorized by publishers and public domain works in Google Books. Google and the plaintiffs--the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers--came within weeks of getting their settlement approved by the U.S. Federal Court for the Southern District of New York before the Department of Justice intervened . The Justice Department cited a host of concerns it had with the document.

Now that a revised settlement has been reached , those opposed to the settlement in general are once again making their voices heard before today's deadline to submit objections. The Wall Street Journal noted objections were filed by many of Google's familiar opponents, including Amazon and a group of academics led by University of California at Berkeley Professor Pam Samuelson.

The Open Book Alliance, an opposition group led by the Internet Archive that counts Amazon and Microsoft among its members, had not filed a new objection of its own as of Thursday morning but did highlight objections from several other groups, including a new one from authors based in India.

The final hearing on whether or not to approve the settlement will be held in New York on February 18. Authors affected by the settlement have until the end of today to opt out of the settlement and preserve their right to sue Google.

Updated 3:45 p.m. PST: The Open Book Alliance did wind up filing an objection of its own after this story was published. In the filing, the group said the revisions to the settlement were "...paltry proposals offered by the parties for amending the Settlement - truly, a disdainful response to the vast outpouring of global criticism - change little, but clarify much."

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