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Google Reports Progress in Digital Books Settlement Talks

September 15, 2011

(Updates with judge’s remarks in third paragraph.)

Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. reported progress in possible settlement of a lawsuit over the search-engine company’s digital reproduction of books, lawyers told the judge in the case.

Daralyn Durie, a lawyer for Google, told federal judge Denny Chin that the company has made “substantial progress” in negotiations with publishers. Talks with representatives of authors are taking place among “principals” from both sides, she said.

“The parties are still talking,” Chin said in a hearing today in Manhattan federal court. “I’m hopeful, still hopeful.”

Chin set a schedule for the litigation which would result in the case being resolved no sooner than July 2012, if the parties don’t settle.

Google was sued in 2005 by authors and publishers who claimed the company infringed their copyrights on a massive scale by digitizing books and allowing snippets to be seen online. Chin declined to approve an earlier $125 million settlement, saying it would be unfair to authors.

Chin, who was elevated to the New York federal appeals court in April 2010, is continuing as the trial judge in the case.

The case is Authors Guild v. Google Inc., 05-CV-8136, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

--With assistance from David Glovin, Patricia Hurtado and in New York and Susan Decker in Washington. Editors: Fred Strasser, Andrew Dunn

To contact the reporters on this story: Bob Van Voris in U.S. District Court in Manhattan at rvanvoris@bloomberg.net; Don Jeffrey in New York at djeffrey1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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