A US judge has rejected the $125 million deal Google made with various authors and publisher groups as a part of its efforts to digitise every book ever published.
Google launched the initiative to digitise millions of books published all around the world and make them available online some time ago, but the company's efforts were met with a string of lawsuits from governments, publishers and authors, that accused the company of massive copyright infringement.
Google had finally managed to get some of the groups representing publishers and authors on its side by inking a $125 million deal.
Judge Denny Chin of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the deal could allow Google to monopolise the search engine market and have undue advantage over copyright holders. He was concerned that Google would allow third parties to use small portions of the books scanned by the company, without seeking permission from copyright holders.
The judge, however, has allowed Google to come up with a revised settlement deal if it wantsto carry on with its ambitious project.
Hilary Ware, managing counsel at Google, said in a statement, “This is clearly disappointing, but we’ll review the court’s decision and consider our options. Like many others, we believe this agreement has the potential to open up access to millions of books that are currently hard to find in the US Today.”