Google has revised its controversial books settlement and revived the debate over who should decide the fate of orphan works: Google or the government. Changes to the settlement were aimed at addressing concerns that Google had grabbed unfair control of orphan works -- books whose rights holders can't be found -- by including them in a class action settlement with authors and publishers over its book scanning project. But critics say that Google is still playing God -- a task better left to Congress.
Google Rewrites Controversial Books Deal Amid Antitrust Concerns
November 17, 2009