Yesterday, a federal judge delayed the October 7 hearing for the Google Books Settlement. The ruling was in favor of a motion by Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers. Google didn’t oppose it.
Judge Denny Chin said there wasn’t a point in holding the hearing when the parties involved are negotiating to change it. (Click here to read about the original settlement.)
The negotiations come in light of opposition from a wide range of groups. The Department of Justice also raised opposition, primarily in the form of antitrust concerns.
Instead of a hearing on October 7, the authors guild and Google will meet with the judge to determine how to resolve the case, which has been going on for four years, can be solved as quickly as possible.