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In the wake of a tidal wave of objections filed to the original Google Settlement in the last few months leading up to the “fairness hearing” that was planned for October 7, the parties to the agreement prevailed on Judge Denny Chin to allow them time to revise it and submit a new version by November 9. They missed that deadline but made an extended deadline, presenting Google 2.0 to the court in literally the 11th hour of Friday the 13th.
Objections had come from many quarters, ranging from private citizens to companies like Amazon.com to foreign governments, but among the most compelling were those presented on behalf of the academic community, by the U.S. Justice Department, and by Register of Copyrights Mary Beth Peters.
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