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Authors Guild Requests Court Delay Book Deal Case

Just a few days after the Department of Justice called for a rewrite of the settlement proposed by Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers have asked the courts for a delay so they can adjust the agreement.

ComputerWorld today reports that both the Authors Guild and the AAP have approached the judge overseeing the case and requested that the October 7 court date be pushed back so they can amend the agreement.

"It is because the parties wish to work with the DOJ to the fullest extent possible that they have engaged, and plan to continue to engage, in negotiations in an effort to address and resolve the concerns expressed in the U.S. Statement of Interest," Tuesday's filing from the Authors Guild and the AAP reads. "The parties are committed to rapidly advancing the discussions with the DOJ. Nevertheless, it is clear that the complex issues raised in the U.S. Statement of Interest preclude submission of an amended settlement agreement by October 7."

CW reports that the two entities are seeking a Novemeber 6 status hearing. If their wish is granted, the two will update courts on their progress on that date as well as discuss dates for a final hearing.

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