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Judge Chin Says He Will Cut the Google Book Settlement

timothy posted about 4 years ago | from the why-not-horizontally dept.

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Miracle Jones writes "In a move that has shocked the publishing world, Judge Denny Chin has filed a brief saying that he has decided to cut the Google Book Settlement in half, letting Google host the first half of every book the company has scanned, and letting other interested stakeholders fight for the rights to the rest. 'We think this is a hard decision, but a fair one,' said John Peter Franks for Google. 'We would like to be able to host and control whole books, but at least we get the front half.'"

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Har Har (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31703628)

Oh snap. You fooled me.

Re:Har Har (1)

nomadic (141991) | about 4 years ago | (#31703802)

FINALLY after a decade of implausible and embarassingly bad April Fool's attempts, one of them tricked me.

Re:Har Har (3, Insightful)

chaboud (231590) | about 4 years ago | (#31704162)

This one wouldn't be nearly as funny if the legal system here weren't such an enormous train-wreck. It seems that even the most ridiculous of outcomes is possible in the US.

Re:Har Har (1)

nomadic (141991) | about 4 years ago | (#31706486)

You want to know the sad thing? IAAL who works exclusively in federal courts. This sounded plausible to me.

Re:Har Har (1)

chaboud (231590) | about 4 years ago | (#31727100)

Exactly what I mean. I once complained to my attorney about the absurdity of the legal system, how having the best case, legally, is marginally relevant to achieving a reasonable outcome, and his response was:

"The best odds you can get are maybe 70/30 in anything that goes to court. The only thing you can be sure of in a civil case is that, if you go to court, you've already lost."

Re:Har Har (1)

troll8901 (1397145) | about 4 years ago | (#31704402)

Darn darn darn darn damn right!!

If not for the huge "the fiction circus" title, I would have believed it too.

Hmmmm... (4, Insightful)

garyisabusyguy (732330) | about 4 years ago | (#31703632)

Seems like wise Judge Chin is looking for one of the plaintiffs to give up ownership in order to save the books from being cut in half... How biblical, and entirely unlikely :)

Re:Hmmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31703772)

wise Judge Chin

Your Chin-stroking is so transparent.

So now, the real mother will... (3, Funny)

dgatwood (11270) | about 4 years ago | (#31703634)

...beg for the King to spare the book and give it to the other party?

its april 2 in europe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31703638)

no more fools day:)

oh gosh (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31703650)

how interesting.

Are the slashdot editors having a competition to see who can post the most pathetic article?

Interesting (4, Funny)

selven (1556643) | about 4 years ago | (#31703734)

Looks like the settlement has already been implemented by Sla

Re:Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31705010)

That doesn't look like half the comment to me. That looks more like nine tenths!
No, this doesn't add up at all!
I'm suing!

Yeah, even the captcha is mad at you, you promised!

Longitudinal? (1)

sbeckstead (555647) | about 4 years ago | (#31703846)

I was hoping that the Authors/Publishers would get the bottom half of the page and Google the top half. Seems they divided it the stupid way. Make them cooperate to make a buck for a change.

King Solomon, (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31703948)

Is that you?

SlashDot is Dying (0, Troll)

rekees (1420453) | about 4 years ago | (#31704040)

All of a sudden, this site is annoying. What's up with the SlashRoulette embedded crap?
Are you guys at SlashDot going ballistic? It would be sad to not want to log on here anymore due to some crap app that some geek idiot finds cool. Sad.

Re:SlashDot is Dying (2, Insightful)

Lunatrik (1136121) | about 4 years ago | (#31704088)

*Woosh*

Re:SlashDot is Dying (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31704174)

I don't think it's "woosh". I think it's "hmm, that's not cool or funny or anything."

Re:SlashDot is Dying (4, Insightful)

Dayofswords (1548243) | about 4 years ago | (#31704168)

"by rekees (1420453) writes on Thursday April 01, @06:34PM (#31704040)"

like the other guy said

*Woosh*

Re:SlashDot is Dying (2, Insightful)

khchung (462899) | about 4 years ago | (#31704454)

Isn't that exactly the point? Every year on 1 April, the whole /. is completely filled with wanna be jokes "news" that there is no hope of getting anything useful at all.

Just FYI, the rest of the world didn't stop for one day every April, some of us still proceed normally with life and still wants to check for some real news today.

Re:SlashDot is Dying (5, Insightful)

dgatwood (11270) | about 4 years ago | (#31704870)

Just FYI, the rest of the world didn't stop for one day every April, some of us still proceed normally with life and still wants to check for some real news today.

Your loss.

I tend to think that if the world were a little less uptight and could take a break once in a while to just laugh, we'd have a lot fewer wars, less terrorism, less crime, and a generally less miserable existence. IMHO, it's unfortunate that people don't take the opportunity to laugh at themselves more than once a year.

Re:SlashDot is Dying (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31705098)

This.

Serious people piss me off more than anything.
Glad i don't work with people like that, probably go insane at them. (like you said)

Serious people ruined the world.
STRESS STRESS STRESS DEADLINES STRESS ANGRY LUNCHTIME CAKES WITH SOME STRESS SAUCE.
Every. Single. Day. Now THAT is sad.

Re:SlashDot is Dying (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31706398)

Except its not funny, it's just stupid. Slashdot is just plain annoying every April 1st.

Re:SlashDot is Dying (1)

dgatwood (11270) | about 4 years ago | (#31709734)

Except for those of us who find it funny. For us, Slashdot was stupid on the April 1st where they ran normal stories (two or three years ago, I forget).

Re:SlashDot is Dying (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31704316)

That's because the moderators are assholes and new people have gotten sick of posting when their comments modded out of sight.

Re:SlashDot is Dying (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31704706)

What's up with the SlashRoulette embedded crap?

I guess it's meant to be based on the Chatroulette [wikipedia.org] website. I don't know what Slashdot's did, because I didn't let the applet run.

BTW, on a related note, if you want to see something somewhat funny instead of the other boring crap this April Fools, check out some of the Chatroulette improvisational videos:
Chat Roulette Funny Piano Improv #1 [youtube.com]
Funny Chat Roulette Acoustic Improv #1 [youtube.com] (I prefer this; IIRC #2 was the best)

Factual nitpick (3, Insightful)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | about 4 years ago | (#31704156)

Ok, April Fools I know but at least get the legal details right. A judge would file an opinion. A brief is what an interested party files to convince the judge of something or ask him to do something.

Re:Factual nitpick (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31704986)

The error might be intentional so that people won't, you know, actually believe the story is real.

How is this different from Internet Radio? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31705014)

How is this different from Internet Radio? Where there is an official taker of royalties and if you're not part of the signed on (and paying) artist, you get NOTHING from those royalties?

Really.

Honest question.

Ah Ha! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31706530)

Now we know the true owner of the book; for they would rather it go to another than come to harm.

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