Two important pieces of news have developed about the Google Book Settlement. First, the court has granted an extension on filing papers for opting out of the settlement. Prominent authors like Patricia Briggs and Kresley Cole and Meljean Brook have opted out but I also know that major agents have advised their authors to NOT opt out (there is no opt in. If you do nothing, you will be part of the settlement).
Second, the Department of Justice has opened an inquiry into the antitrust ramifications of the settlement. Maybe by the time that a court does rule on the GBS, the Supreme Court will have determined whether a settlement can include orphaned works.
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