Monday, July 21, 2008

Update on Authors Guild V. Google, Inc.

All the talk over the weekend about the Authors Guild reminded me to check up on the status of the lawsuit the Author Guild brought against Google on September 20, 2005 for copyright infringement over Google's plan to scan library books.

Rather than traverse familiar ground again, let me refer anyone needing background information to my blog of April 25 here. In that post, I quote Jeffrey Toobin saying:
. . . most people involved in the dispute believe that a settlement is likely. “The suits that have been filed are a business negotiation that happens to be going on in the courts . . .

I checked Justia this morning to see what the current status of the lawsuit is.

On January 29, 2008, an amended order was submitted to the New York Southern District Court. Here are the details of the order signed by Judge John E. Sprizzo:

  • All conferences previously scheduled were adjourned
  • Expert Witness List due by 11/24/2008
  • Discovery due by 1/20/2009
  • Motions due by 4/16/2009

So, the negotiations continue to drag on at a snail's pace.

Stay tuned . . .

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