San Francisco's Internet Archive wants to intervene in the $125 million settlement with authors and publishers that gives Google the rights to scan and sell books on the Internet. In a Friday letter to the New York judge handling the case, the digital library claims that if the settlement is approved, it would give Google a monopoly on "orphan works" -- out-of-print books whose copyright owner isn't known. Outcry over the fate of orphan works has been growing as the deadline for objections to the settlement approaches.
Google Books Rival Objects to Settlement
April 20, 2009