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US Copyright office no fan of google book settlement

Building on our previous post about today’s House hearing on digital books, it appears that Marybeth Peters, head of the US Copyright Office, is not supportive of the google book settlement. In written testimony (PDF) before the House Judiciary Committee, she wrote that the settlement…

“…inappropriately creates something similar to a compulsory license for works, unfairly alters the property interests of millions of rights-holders of out-of-print works without any Congressional oversight and has the capacity to create diplomatic stress for the United States.”

For more, see today’s Wallstreet Journal blog: “Copyright Office No Fan of Google Books Settlement.”

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