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5/4/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google's project to digitize books is garnering objections. Three organizations representing 139,000 libraries today asked the judge overseeing Google's settlement with authors and publishers to make sure that the company doesn't violate the privacy of readers who would use its vast digital books collection. They also petitioned U.S. District...
News Story
5/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google's effort to bring millions of books and some of the world's greatest university collections online is running into some surprising opposition from librarians, academics and consumer advocates. Last week, a group of authors that included John Steinbeck's son and daughter-in-law, musician Arlo Guthrie, and university professors from around...
News Story
4/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google has defended its online book deal amid reports it is being reviewed by the US justice department. An investigation is expected to examine whether or not the book search agreement with authors and publishers violates anti-trust laws. Google reached a settlement in October to create a $125m (£85m) fund to pay authors to have their...
News Story
4/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
U.S. antitrust regulators are making inquiries into Google Inc.'s settlement with publishers over its book-scanning project, two consumer groups said. Google, which is creating an online book database by scanning millions of titles, reached a $125-million US deal with publishers last year to settle copyright concerns. Justice Department lawyers...
News Story
4/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Justice Department’s inquiry into Google’s controversial book search settlement with authors and publishers has put the internet giant on notice that the government is watching very closely as the company moves to expand its power into areas beyond the search advertising market, where Google already holds a commanding lead. The...
Blog Post
4/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google's overreaching in trying to tightly control scanned digital copies of world literature has stuck an alarm bell with more than just consumers and the Justice Department. I just received this email, likening Google's behavior to a mobster's, from a successful author this morning after news broke in the New York Times that our consumer group...
News Story
4/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Why is Google lobbying the US Congress over the webification of the nation's health records? It won't say. But lobbying it is. In its first quarter Congressional lobbying report (http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/Google1st209.pdf), Google has said it lobbied both the House and Senate on "online health-related...
News Story
4/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google has reportedly been questioned by the U.S. Justice Department over whether its plans to digitize the world’s books into an online database represents a potential antitrust violation. A recent settlement guarantees Google equal terms as any competitor, such as Microsoft, in any future negotiations over digital book rights. The Justice...
News Story
4/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The US Department of Justice has begun informal enquiries into at least one aspect of Google’s sweeping settlement of lawsuits from book publishers and authors, according to two people familiar with the discussions. The indications of potential concern from the anti-trust authorities could complicate a settlement that...
News Story
4/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The Justice Department has begun an inquiry into the antitrust implications of Google's settlement with authors and publishers over its Google Book Search service, two people briefed on the matter said Tuesday. Lawyers for the Justice Department have been in conversations in recent weeks with various groups opposed to the...