Judge rejects Google book deal
New York - A US judge on Tuesday rejected a settlement negotiated between Google and authors and publishers over the internet giant's ambitious digital book-scanning project.
US District Court Judge Denny Chin turned down the proposed settlement saying it would have granted Google "significant rights to exploit entire books, without permission of the copyright owners".
Chin added that the settlement would also have given Google "a significant advantage over competitors, rewarding it for engaging in wholesale copying of copyrighted works without permission".
The settlement agreement resulted from a class action lawsuit filed in 2005 by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) charging Google with copyright infringement.