Google Inc. revised its controversial books settlement late Friday night 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.

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