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News Story
4/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The U.S. Justice Department is making antitrust inquiries into Google Inc.'s settlement with authors and publishers over the Internet giant's project to scan millions of books and put them online. Some authors and Google critics have complained that the deal, agreed upon last year and pending a judge's approval, would hurt competition by giving...
News Story
4/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A federal judge has granted authors worldwide four more months to decide whether to participate in a settlement involving Google's online Book Search service. Absent the ruling, made by Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, authors would have had until May 5 to decide whether to join the settlement or...
News Release
4/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Washington, DC -- First quarter federal reports show Google lobbied on the electronic medical records provisions of the federal economic stimulus act, contradicting the Internet giant’s earlier claims that Consumer Watchdog’s report of its effort was “100 percent false.” Google’s report shows a total expenditure of $...
Blog Post
4/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Faced with mounting criticism of the proposed Google Books settlement, the Internet giant has asked the court to extend the time for authors, publishers and their heirs to decide if they want to be part of the deal. An announcement of the request came late Monday afternoon in a posting on Google's Public Policy Blog by Alexander Macgillivray,...
News Story
4/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
With opponents to the ambitious Google Book Search settlement continuing to emerge, Google as well as authors and publishers have asked for a two-month delay in the search case. "The settlement is highly detailed, and we want to make sure rights-holders everywhere have enough time to think about it and make sure it's right for them,"...
Blog Post
4/22/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
First quarter lobbying reports just filed with the U.S. Senate's Office of Public Records show that Google lobbied Congress about electronic medical record provisions in the federal economic stimulus act. When we raised concerns in February about Google's "rumored lobbying" on the issue of online medical records, the Internet giant...
News Story
4/20/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
With a May 5 deadline looming for parties to opt-out of or object to the Google Book Search settlement, Gail Knight Steinbeck, who manages husband Thomas Steinbeck's affairs and the literary estate of John Steinbeck, expressed "grave concerns" over the "pressing deadline" and said she has hired an attorney and is "...
News Story
4/17/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
With a May 5 deadline for filing objections to the Google books settlement looming, opposition to and criticism of the settlement continues to cement. I recently wrote about concerns among copyright and antitrust scholars and others that the settlement would grant Google a monopoly over millions of so-called orphan books, which are out of print...
News Story
4/17/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Internet Archive has sent a letter to Judge Dennis Chin, the judge overseeing the Google/Authors Guild, AAP case seeking permission to file a motion that would ask the court to alter the proposed settlement to give other companies that have scanned printed books the same copyright protection of orphan works that would be granted to Google in...
Blog Post
4/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Why would anybody trust their private medial records to a service that by its own admission doesn't have all the kinks worked out?  Believe it or not, that's exactly what Google is asking you to do with its Google Health service. I've been thinking a lot about Google lately.  There are serious privacy concerns about how the Internet...