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2009-09-09 13:20:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of the Open Book Alliance and several other organizations today joined together in submitting a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, urging it to carefully review and scrutinize the proposed Google Book Settlement and its implications for authors, copyright holders, schools, libraries and the public. The letter, which was organized by the Open Book Alliance, was delivered to House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. John Conyers...

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2009-09-07 12:38:18

Google announced on Monday that it would remove all European books currently on the market from a U.S. agreement to digitize and sell online books that are out of print in the United States. This announcement comes after controversy over plans that the opponents say represents a "big landgrab" of the world's stock of an estimated six million out-of-print and out-of-copyright books. A Google spokeswoman said that the new position means books that are no longer available to U.S. consumers but...

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2009-09-03 10:47:31

Retail giant Amazon has now joined in the battle against Google's plan to launch a competitive digital book device, claiming that the deal would compromise copyright law and violate antitrust law. Amazon scans books for its Kindle electronic book device once they obtain permission from the copyright holder. The company is arguing that the court should not allow a settlement between their future competition and the Authors Guild because the deal would change copyright law by enabling Google...

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2009-08-27 06:10:00

Microsoft, Yahoo!, Amazon, and non-profit library associations have joined forces to fight a legal settlement which would allow Google to digitize and sell books. The coalition, called the Open Content Alliance, has expressed concerns about "serious legal, competitive, and policy issues" surrounding the Google book project. The group said they are countering the proposed Google Book Settlement in its current form. In October of last year, Google reached a class action settlement on a...

2009-08-26 14:30:00

Library Scholar Peter Brantley and Antitrust Expert Gary Reback Spearhead Open Book Alliance to Protect Consumers and Competition in the Emerging Digital Book Market SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Librarians, legal scholars, authors, publishers, and technology companies today announced the formation of a coalition - the Open Book Alliance - that will counter the proposed Google Book Settlement in its current form. The proposed settlement is between Google, the Association...

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2009-05-09 12:27:57

Across the U.S., a number of state attorneys general have begun taking a closer look at a proposed deal between Google Inc. and several author and publisher groups that would allow the Internet giant to digitize millions of books, a participant in the discussions told reporters on Friday. In an hour-long conference call on Tuesday, state legal authorities examined and discussed the deal in depth together, according to director of the Internet Archive, Peter Brantley. The U.S. Justice...

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2009-04-29 06:25:00

Internet search giant Google has requested before a judge a two month extension to a deadline for authors and publishers to opt out of a settlement to a legal battle over its intention to develop the world's largest digital library, the Associated Free Press accounted. Google's decision was prompted after a group of authors and their heirs asked the US District Court judge hearing the case to give a four month extension to the already effective May 5 deadline so that the "enormously complex"...

2009-04-06 10:11:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Google's proposed settlement with authors and publishers raises antitrust concerns, Consumer Watchdog said today and the nonpartisan, nonprofit group called on the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and other Justice officials Consumer Watchdog asked the department to seek a delay of the settlement until a "most favored nation" clause favoring Google is removed and the deal's "orphan...

2009-04-04 12:50:00

U.S. Internet search engine giant Google should not be allowed nearly exclusive rights to out-of-print books for its online publishing venture, critics say. Academics and public interest groups alike are threatening to file legal briefs to block a lawsuit settlement that may give Google the rights to millions of out-of-print texts whose publishing rights are owned by unknown or missing sources, The New York Times reported Saturday. Harvard University Library head Robert Darnton said if the...

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2009-01-27 13:05:04

A team of University of Washington researchers released on Tuesday the first part of a public system that will authenticate video archives of interviews with prosecutors and other participants of the International Crime Tribunal for the Rwandan genocide.  Initial portions of the Rwandan archive will also be unveiled, according to a report in the New York Times. The system, whose digital technology will make it more difficult to misrepresent historical events in the future, seeks to...