Decision in Freelancers Lawsuit Spells Trouble for Google Books Settlement?

By [Thursday, August 18th, 2011] at 12:01 am

The Second Circuit issued a decision today in another copyright class-action settlement case with the ungainly caption of In re: Literary Works in Electronic Databases Copyright Litigation. The opinion rejected the settlement there because the class contained members with strongly diverging interests, depending on the strength of their copyright claims against the defendants. The court held that different groups of plaintiffs who had registered their works at different times needed separate lawyers. C.E. Petit of Scrivener’s Error believes that this bodes ill for the Google Books settlement, and I concur.

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