Lots of news and blog sites are reporting on the Dept. of Justice response to the Google Book Settlement.
Teleread has a simple summary, referring folks to the 32 page DOJ official response, Resource Shelf summarizes a variety of news sources, and for a simple overview, see the DOJ Press Release. The DOJ suggests the parties involved consider several changes to the agreement including:
- imposing limitations on the most open-ended provisions for future licensing,
- eliminating potential conflicts among class members,
- providing additional protections for unknown rights holders,
- addressing the concerns of foreign authors and publishers,
- eliminating the joint-pricing mechanisms among publishers and authors, and,
- whatever the settlement’s ultimate scope, providing some mechanism by which Google’s competitors can gain comparable access.