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2009-09-22 17:05:00

Consumer Watchdog Says Copyright Issues for Congress, Not Closed-door Deals SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Publisher and author associations sought today to cancel a key hearing in the Google Books case to allow private negotiations with Google over digitizing books online. Consumer Watchdog warned that important issues affecting copyright law should not be negotiated behind closed doors. Notice of the motion was filed in U.S. District Court today after the...

2009-09-18 22:45:00

Warns That Major Issues Including Lack of Privacy Guarantees Remain Problematic SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog praised the U.S. Justice Department for objecting to the proposed Google Books settlement in a brief the department filed in U.S. District Court tonight. The nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer group had asked the Justice Department to intervene in the case on antitrust grounds last April. Justice announced it was investigating in July....

2009-09-16 10:48:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Any plan offered by Google meant to overcome objections to the proposed Google Books settlement must include a "binding agreement with the full force of law," Consumer Watchdog told the U.S. Justice Department today. Justice has until Friday to file its position on the books settlement with the court. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant Attorney General For Antitrust Christine Varney, the nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer...

2009-09-10 09:58:00

Testimony Says Deal Violates Law, Is Anticompetitive And Raises Privacy Concerns WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The proposed Google Books settlement should be rejected because it is anticompetitive, violates both U.S. and international law and raises substantial threats to privacy, Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson told the House Judiciary Committee today. The Committee hearing focused on "Competition and Commerce in Digital Books." "Let me be absolutely clear. We do...

2009-09-10 07:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In advance of today's House Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposed Google Book Settlement, the Open Book Alliance released a list of seven issues related to the settlement that it believes are misunderstood and worthy of further discussion. "There's been a lot of questions about the nature of this settlement, and, unfortunately, there remains some inaccurate information out there," said Peter Brantley, director, Internet Archive and...

2009-09-08 09:28:00

Brief Argues Books Settlement Violates Both U.S. and International Copyright Law, is Anticompetitive WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today filed a brief urging a federal court to reject the proposed Google Books settlement because it is anticompetitive and violates both U.S. and international law. Separately, the consumer group called a Books privacy policy Google offered late last week inadequate. "The proposed class-action settlement is monumentally...

2009-09-04 11:12:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Writers Union announced today that it has joined the Open Book Alliance: a diverse coalition of writers' organizations, librarians, activists, legal scholars and corporations who object to the proposed Google Book Settlement. "We are happy to join the Open Book Alliance, which shares many of our concerns about the proposed Google Book Settlement," said Larry Goldbetter, president of the National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981. "The...

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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...

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...

2009-08-25 07:20:00

CHICAGO, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Urban Libraries Council (ULC), the membership organization representing 140 major North American public library systems, is calling for revisions to the Google Book Search settlement that is now before the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York. In a statement submitted to the court this week, ULC says that it applauds the intent of the settlement, making millions of books available to the users of public libraries. The...


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