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2010-02-03 15:00:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, February 04, 2010, the Department of Justice is expected to file a brief expressing their opinions on the proposed settlement of the Google Books case. Earlier this week, Congressmen Charlie Gonzalez (TX-20) and Gene Green (TX-29) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing some concerns about the proposed settlement and sharing a letter they had received from several minority publishers who were worried that the...

2010-01-28 13:18:00

Open Book Alliance (OBA) Files Amicus Curiae with U.S. District Court in Southern District of NY Detailing Harm to Copyright Holders and Independent Markets SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance today formally filed Amicus Curiae in opposition to the proposed settlement between the Authors Guild, Inc., Association of American Publishers, Inc. and Google, Inc. The OBA filing states, "The torrent of criticism to the settlement may have produced amendments...

2010-01-28 13:05:00

Brief Argues Books Settlement Continues Steal From Absent Class Members, Remains Anticompetitive WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today filed a brief urging a federal court to reject the revised Google Books settlement because it remains anticompetitive and violates both U.S. and international law. Though the original settlement was withdrawn and amended in the face of objections from the U.S. Justice Department, Consumer Watchdog and others, "the revised...

2010-01-06 14:02:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Writers Union, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have written to their author peers in Congress, seeking their support in encouraging the Department of Justice to continue its opposition to the Google Books Settlement. The Google Books Settlement is being negotiated between Google and several parties that sued it in 2007 for copyright infringement. Among those...

2009-12-14 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Distribution of the Supplemental Notice in the Google Book Search Settlement is now taking place. The Supplemental Notice summarizes the principal changes from the Original Settlement to the Amended Settlement. The Court overseeing the case preliminarily approved the Amended Settlement, and approved the Supplemental Notice, on November 19, 2009. Please visit http://www.googlebooksettlement.com for detailed information, including the Supplemental Notice...

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2009-11-21 07:36:45

The judge overseeing the Google Books case has laid out the schedule for the second round of the final approval process, at the same time granting preliminary approval of the revised deal. Like before, opponents of Google's settlement with groups representing authors and publishers will have a comment period in which to file objections, and books rights holders who want to preserve their ability to sue Google for scanning their books will have an opt-out deadline. The final hearing is set for...

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2009-11-15 06:30:00

Google, along with U.S. authors and publishers, submitted a revised settlement to a federal judge in New York on Friday in hopes of resolving the antitrust and copyright concerns of the U.S. Justice Department and some overseas governments. The 370-page modified agreement comes just two months after the Justice Department objected to Google's original settlement with authors and publishers, saying it would harm the market for electronic books.  If the amended settlement is approved, it...

2009-11-14 01:01:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers released their revised book settlement proposal in an attempt to fix the deeply flawed legal agreement. Open Book Alliance co-chair Peter Brantley said, "Our initial review of the new proposal tells us that Google and its partners are performing a sleight of hand; fundamentally, this settlement remains a set-piece designed to serve the private commercial...

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2009-09-23 12:49:05

Google's $125 million settlement of a lawsuit that would give them the digital rights to millions of out-of-print books will be renegotiated after the U.S. Department of Justice ruled that the deal probably violates antitrust law, The Associated Press reported. Google representatives and lawyers for The Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers and other plaintiffs met with senior Justice Department officials last Thursday and agreed to work with the government to resolve...

2009-09-22 17:27:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance, a coalition of librarians, legal scholars, authors, publishers, and technology companies created to counter the proposed Google Book Settlement in its current form, today issued the following statement in response to the settlement parties' motion for a postponement of the October 7 fairness hearing: "When the proposed Google Book Settlement came before the court, hundreds and hundreds of diverse voices raised...


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