David Sarno reports in the LA Times Tech Blog that the Department of Justice has filed a brief objecting to the revised Google Books settlement and suggesting that settlement talks should continue. Google originally asked for more time to create this second revision in the first place to address some of the concerns Justice had with the original version.
The Justice Department cited issues with copyright and judicial process in its reservations about the settlement. Though it complimented the parties on the progress of the latest draft of the settlement, the brief said that the agreement was still "an attempt to use the class action mechanism to implement forward-looking business arrangements that go far beyond the dispute before the Court."
The next hearing on the settlement will take place on February 18th.