IP Alert Update: Google Books Settlement Deadline Extended

April 2009

Yesterday (April 28), the judge presiding over the Google Book case EXTENDED BY FOUR MONTHS -- until September 4, 2009, the date by which copyright rightsholders must opt out of the proposed Google Book Settlement agreement. All references in the settlement to the May 5, 2009, date are revised to September 4, 2009, and the fairness hearing is re-scheduled for October 7, 2009. The extension was sought by several groups arguing that the notice period provided insufficient time for rightsholders to familiarize themselves with the agreement, seek advice, and make reasoned decisions.

For those who have only recently begun studying the settlement agreement, this extension will provide the opportunity to learn more about the settlement and to consider options. If you need help reviewing your options, please contact Gloria C. Phares at 212.336.2686 or gcphares@pbwt.com.