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February 17, 2010
12:46 PM


Rachel Myers, (212) 549-2689 or 2666;

ACLU, EFF and Others in Court Thursday to Challenge Google Book Search Settlement

NEW YORK - February 17 - The American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law will be in federal court in New York on Thursday for arguments that the proposed settlement in a lawsuit over Google Book Search should be rejected.

The groups filed an objection to the settlement - which came in a lawsuit over Google's ability to scan and digitize millions of books and make them available to readers online - on behalf of a coalition of more than two dozen authors and publishers, including ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero and best-selling novelists Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem. The authors and publishers argue that the agreement fails to include critical privacy and speech protections for readers and writers concerning the collection and potential disclosure of personally identifying information about users who browse and read materials online at Google Book Search.

More information about the case is available at: and

Arguments in The Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. Google Inc., a challenge to a proposed settlement of a Google Book Search case that doesn't protect user privacy.

Cindy Cohn of EFF will present arguments before U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin of the Southern District of New York.

Thursday, February 18
10:00 a.m. EST

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse
Courtroom 23B
500 Pearl St.
New York, NY


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