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April 29, 2009


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Michael W. Perry

I'm one of the seven authors and their representatives who asked the court for this four-month extension of the opt-in date. You can find our April 24 letter, which was brilliantly prepared by the law firm of DeVore & Demarco, and the judge's April 28 order for a four-month extension at this website:


This extension should allow more time for the settlement to be debated. In particular, it will provide an opportunity for European governments to express their growing reservations, given our treaty obligations to protect the copyrights of their citizens. It is difficult to imagine how a settlement reached between three private parties representing only themselves could set aside those commitments.

Opposition in Germany seems particularly strong, with over 1300 German writers having signed a Heidelberg Appeal asking their government to take action against it. Today, someone in German forwarded me two letters from high federal officials who are responding to that Appeal. You can find information about German opposition in a recent Spiegel article.


One month ago, this settlement seemed to be a done deal. Now things are much more uncertain.

--Michael W. Perry, Seattle

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