06/22/2010 07:42 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Google Books: Why Is The Settlement Stalled Six Years After Publishers Reach Agreement?

At this point, Google and the Authors Guild must feel like they are in a James Joyce novel.

The Google Books case drags on with no hint of when the six-year dispute might finally be settled, four months after a final hearing was supposed to decide the issue once and for all. Google and the plaintiffs--representatives of authors and publishers--agreed to settle the massive case in October 2008 but delays after delays have prevented Google from offering out-of-print yet copyright-protected books in its Google Book Search product.

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