At a very brief status conference this afternoon regarding our copyright infringement lawsuit against Google, the parties asked Judge Denny Chin for additional time to explore settlement possibilities. Judge Chin noted that the issues are complex and set the next status conference for July 19th.
“It’s been a long road,” said Authors Guild executive director Paul Aiken. “We’re giving settlement discussions a fair shot before pressing ahead with our litigation.”
On March 22nd, Judge Chin rejected a proposed settlement, saying that “many of the concerns raised in the objections would be ameliorated if the ASA [the Amended Settlement Agreement] were converted from an ‘opt-out’ settlement to an ‘opt-in’ settlement. I urge the parties to consider revising the ASA accordingly.” (Judge Chin’s March 22nd opinion is available here.)
We’ll keep you posted on further developments.