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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...

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2009-12-28 11:20:00

Internet hulk Google is being sued by the provocative Chinese author Mian Mian for an alleged violation of copyright laws, her lawyer announced on Monday. In the first civil lawsuit to be leveled against Google in China, the case is bound to draw even more negative press to the Web giant's already controversial plans for a massive Web-based digital library. Mian's attorney, Sun Jinwei, told AFP reporters that the case will open on Tuesday in Beijing. "Tomorrow afternoon at the Haidian court,...

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2009-12-21 12:30:00

In a controversial effort to digitize the world's books, Google is set to start scanning Europe's cultural treasures -- starting in France, where the U.S. giant got a digital foothold this week, AFP reported. Patrick Bazin, the director of the Municipal Library of Lyon, said the Internet search giant began peeling open the pages of half a million books from the library on Monday and is contracted to scan them within 10 years. The French government will spend over one billion dollars (750...

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2009-12-18 15:50:00

A coalition of U.S. library associations has organized itself in a collective effort to force Google to keep access to its in-the-works digital library cheap.  The library collective has already petitioned the federal Justice Department to monitor the project's development and ensure that the Internet giant doesn't charge too much for institutional subscriptions. Together, the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association of Research...

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...

2009-11-17 14:32:00

Terms of Amended Settlement Agreement Will Revolutionize Blind People's Access to Books BALTIMORE, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind today commended Google, the Association of American Publishers, and the Authors Guild for retaining important provisions in the amended settlement relating to the Google Books project that will allow people who are blind or have other print disabilities to access the books that Google makes available to the public. The...

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...

2009-11-06 10:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Like many others, the Open Book Alliance awaits the release on November 9 of a revised proposed settlement from Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers. If repeated signals from Google and its partners over the last month are to be taken at face value, we don't expect significant changes to the earlier settlement proposal that was soundly rejected by the Department of Justice and many others. "Settlement 2.0" is...

2009-10-07 15:54:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 7 /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 from co-founder Peter Brantley in response to today's U.S. District Court hearing on the Google Book Settlement case: "Based on the court hearing today, one thing is clear -- whatever revised settlement Google and...


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  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
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