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The class action lawsuit brought by authors and book publishers against Google in 2005 alleged willful copyright infringement in connection with Google’s systematic reproduction, without permission, of millions of copyrighted books, in their entirety.Google accomplished this through scanning operations set up in large research libraries, such as those of the universities of Michigan, Stanford and Harvard.At least 15 million books have been scanned by Google, the vast majority of which are still protected by copyright.Google argued that its actions were covered by fair use.
A settlement agreement approved by the court will bind everyone, with the exception of those who effectively opt-out.
In a class action settlement agreement, the judge must decide whether the agreement is “fair, adequate and reasonable”.
There was much opposition to the Google agreement, including from the governments of the United States, Germany and France and from numerous authors, publishers, literary agents, technology companies and others.
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On October 7, 2010, Judge Chin postponed the fairness hearing and set a new date for the submission of a revised settlement agreement.