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Judge Chin Says He Will Cut the Google Book Settlement 38

Miracle Jones writes "In a move that has shocked the publishing world, Judge Denny Chin has filed a brief saying that he has decided to cut the Google Book Settlement in half, letting Google host the first half of every book the company has scanned, and letting other interested stakeholders fight for the rights to the rest. 'We think this is a hard decision, but a fair one,' said John Peter Franks for Google. 'We would like to be able to host and control whole books, but at least we get the front half.'"
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Judge Chin Says He Will Cut the Google Book Settlement

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  • Hmmmm... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by garyisabusyguy (732330) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @06:45PM (#31703632)

    Seems like wise Judge Chin is looking for one of the plaintiffs to give up ownership in order to save the books from being cut in half... How biblical, and entirely unlikely :)

  • by dgatwood (11270) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @06:45PM (#31703634) Homepage Journal

    ...beg for the King to spare the book and give it to the other party?

  • This time I RTFA, because surely this is an April Fools joke.
  • Interesting (Score:5, Funny)

    by selven (1556643) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @07:07PM (#31703734)

    Looks like the settlement has already been implemented by Sla

  • I was hoping that the Authors/Publishers would get the bottom half of the page and Google the top half. Seems they divided it the stupid way. Make them cooperate to make a buck for a change.
  • ponies again!!

    pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaassssse yay ponies!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Is that you?

  • Factual nitpick (Score:4, Insightful)

    by JoshuaZ (1134087) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @09:25PM (#31704156) Homepage
    Ok, April Fools I know but at least get the legal details right. A judge would file an opinion. A brief is what an interested party files to convince the judge of something or ask him to do something.
  • by SnowZero (92219)

    1/2 post!

  • Cut the settle? Presumably he's going to make it [] into two chairs.

  • Ah Ha! (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Now we know the true owner of the book; for they would rather it go to another than come to harm.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux