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Hearing delayed in Google books deal

As currently written, the deal giving Google digital rights to some books would amount to a monopoly, critics say. As currently written, the deal giving Google digital rights to some books would amount to a monopoly, critics say. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press/File 2006)
By Associated Press
September 25, 2009

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NEW YORK - A judge noted objections to a $125 million deal giving Google Inc. digital rights to millions of out-of-print books as he postponed an Oct. 7 hearing so the agreement can be rewritten to comply with copyright and antitrust laws. US District Judge Denny Chin said the deal, reached last year between authors and publishers and Google, raises big issues.

Last week, the Department of Justice said the agreement probably violates antitrust law. That led plaintiffs including the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers to say they and Google would renegotiate.