On February 4, the U.S. Department of Justice broadened its opposition to the proposed Google Book settlement, including key objections raised by authors. Click here for the DOJ brief
The problems cited by the DoJ cannot be rectified with "minor repairs" to a fundamentally flawed settlement. As NWU and other writers groups argued in court, and as the groundswell of opposition makes clear, the Authors Guild does not represent the interests of the class of authors that would be bound by the proposed settlement.
It's time for Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers to withdraw the settlement proposal, invite a broader and more representative group of parties to the table, and start over. Any new settlement proposal must respect the inherent "opt-in" nature of copyright licensing and the terms of authors' current contracts and rights.