Google gets preliminary approval for revised book deal

Google and a group of US authors and publishers have won preliminary approval for a revised settlement over plans to make millions of books available online.

Google and a group of US authors and publishers have won preliminary approval for a revised settlement over plans to make millions of books available online.

In a ruling filed in New York, US District Judge Denny Chin granted the preliminary approval and set 18 February as the date for a hearing for final approval, according to Bloomberg.

The parties revised their original settlement after the US Department of Justice and several European countries raised concerns that the deal infringed copyright and would give Google a monopoly.

The original $125m settlement agreed a year ago would have given Google the right to scan any published work for use in its US book search service.

The revised settlement covers only books published in the US, UK, Australia and Canada. Several European countries objected to the scope of the original deal, which included millions of out-of-print books published around the world.

Under the new agreement, Google will set up a Book Rights Registry with publishers and authors to compensate copyright holders of all books that are scanned.

The Open Book Alliance, which includes online retailer Amazon and Microsoft, has opposed the settlement as both organisations would also like to enter the online book-publishing business.

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