After getting an extension earlier this month, Google has finally proposed another settlement in the case over its book deal. The new settlement, filed on Friday, might still allow Google to provide access to in-copyright, out-of-print books. The new settlement may also help them to sidestep problems with copyright laws in some European countries.
The deal will also remove a clause that some believed meant that no other retailer would be able to get as good a deal as Google for those works.
The proposed settlement also takes care of so-called “orphan” works—works where the copyright holder is unknown or unlocateable. The settlement provides for appointing a trustee to sell the rights to other companies and to guard the proceeds for unknown holders for up to 10 years. For those holders who still haven’t been located, the funds will be donated to charity.
The DoJ, which effectively killed the last settlement attempt, says they’re still looking into the deal. The newly proposed settlement, of course, restarts the judicial approval process as well. Judge