NEW YORK (AP) - A New York judge has tried to pressure Google
and the book industry into deciding whether they can reach an
agreement in negotiations to establish a massive online library.
Federal Circuit Judge Denny Chin told lawyers for Google and
authors and publishers Tuesday that if a deal isn't reached soon,
he plans to decide whether offering snippets of books online can be
considered a fair use of published materials.
Chin made the remarks after a lawyer for authors and publishers
said it was doubtful they'd know until summer's end whether a deal
could be reached.
The lawyers started talks after Chin rejected their earlier
settlement in March, citing antitrust concerns.
The judge asked both sides to meet again before him on Sept. 15.