Although the fairness hearing scheduled for today in the Google Book Settlement was canceled, Judge Denny Chin used the time to conduct a status update on the parties’ progress in their renegotiation of some of the settlement provisions. The renegotiations will address some of the concerns raised by the Department of Justice in their filing to the Court a few weeks ago. Chin set November 9th as the new date for submission of the amended settlement, with a new fairness hearing tentatively scheduled for late December or early Janurary. For more updates, see coverage from James Grimmelmann and Kenny Crews.
Also, ALA will be participating in D is for Digitize Google Book Settlement conference at New York Law School Thursday to Saturday, and sponsoring the lunch keynote on Friday. If you can’t be in New York, it looks like most of the sessions will be webcast.