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Judge sets November deadline for revised Google book deal

October 7, 2009 |  9:59 am

A New York judge overseeing the long-running case in which a group of authors and publishers sued Google over the company's attempt to obtain digital rights to millions of books ruled that the parties must submit a revised settlement agreement to the court by Nov. 9.

The previous agreement was scuttled last month when federal regulators notified the court that the pact may have been vulnerable to antitrust and copyright concerns. The Department of Justice filed an amicus brief after a wave of critics -- including authors, libraries and watchdog groups -- complained that the agreement was unfair.

A plaintiffs lawyer said the sides had been working "around the clock," and that the amended agreement would address the issues raised by the Justice Department, according to the Associated Press.

-- David Sarno