Lawyers for authors, publishers and Google have bought themselves more time in their New York copyright case as they try to reach a new deal that could create the world's largest digital library.
The lawyers told federal Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan on Thursday that they are still negotiating.
In March, the judge rejected a $125 million deal. That agreement had drawn hundreds of objections from Google rivals, consumer watchdogs, academic experts, literary agents and even foreign governments.
A lawyer for Google says the current negotiations are making substantial progress. Still, the judge agreed to a court schedule that extends through the next year, with no trial date set.
Google already has scanned more than 15 million books for the project. The lawsuit was filed in 2005.