Friday, September 11, 2009

U.S. Register of Copyrights Attacks Google Book Settlement

The U.S. Register of Copyrights, Marybeth Peters agrees with most of my previously stated positions on the proposed Google Book Settlement. In particular, Ms. Peters stated in her testimony to Congress on September 10, 2009, "[i]n the view of the Copyright Office, the settlement proposed by the parties would encroach on responsibility for copyright policy that traditionally has been the domain of Congress...We are greatly concerned by the parties' end run around legislative process and prerogatives, an we submit that this Committee should be equally concerned. To read Ms. Peters entire statement click on the link above.

According the New York Times, [h]er ("Ms. Peters") opinion is important because it could be reflected in a brief expected from the Justice Department this month. The government has until September 18, 2009 to make a filing in the case so stay tuned.

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