The judge in the copyright infringement case pitting the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) against Google and its book search program has set a date for the final hearing on the parties’ controversial settlement proposal.
Judge Denny Chin from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has scheduled the “final fairness hearing” for Feb. 18, 2010 at 10 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time. As expected, the judge also granted preliminary approval to the proposed class-action settlement, according to an order he issued on Thursday.
The litigation between the parties began in 2005, when the Authors Guild and the AAP filed separate lawsuits against Google that charged the search company with engaging in massive copyright infringement through its program to digitize millions of library books without always obtaining permission from copyright owners.
For those who are interested in the blow-by-blow, my old roommate James Grimmelmann’s coverage at The Laboratorium is consistently good.
I’m most disappointed when people I know who use the word could find something more concise, or shocking, or linguistically artful to go with. It’s sold at the Wal-Mart of pejoratives. It’s cheap, it’s made en masse, and there’s nothing but bad preservatives in the ingredients. Let’s all—The New York Times, Bloggers, TV Writers, Those Who Use The Word “Douchebag,” Those Who You Would Call A “Douche,” Bar Patrons, Sports Fans, English Professors, Joe Dolce—become better communicators, and find something better than the word “douche” and it’s mediocre suffix “bag” to go with.
Or, you know, we could just judge each other a little less.
“I thought it was camp, frivolous, something without substance, an entertainment without any weight or bottom to it…. It was all designed to intrigue and delight. But what was under the surface? Was there something?”—Ian McKellen, on the original version of The Prisoner. (NYT)
“Your book might say, for example, “Dick Nixon? Young Dick Nixon? He’s a brave man, and a man of principle.” And may God damn your memoir to hell for saying so, because for the last three decades you have been busy proving yourself to be a paranoiac and a crook.”—
“That’s all very well until the system changes. Some countries give plenty of warning of this… but on October 7th this year, Argentina announced that it wasn’t going to use daylight saving time any more… 11 days before its next transition. The reason? Their dams are 90% full. I only heard about this due to one of my unit tests failing. For various complicated reasons, a unit test which expected to recognise the time zone for Godthab actually thought it was Buenos Aires. So due to rainfall thousands of miles away, my unit test had moved Greenland into Argentina. Fail.”—Jon Skeet: OMG Ponies!!! (Aka Humanity: Epic Fail)