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2009-10-06 13:31:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dozens of leading academic, library, consumer advocacy, organized labor and publishing organizations joined the Open Book Alliance today in calling on Google and its litigation partners to create an open and transparent process to negotiate a settlement in the Google Book Search case. The parties published an open letter to Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, demanding that they include key stakeholders to...

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2009-09-25 12:40:00

A US district judge decided Thursday to delay a fairness hearing on a settlement that would allow Google to sell digital copies of millions of copyrighted out-of-print books online. US District Court Judge Denny Chin agreed with a request from the US Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers to postpone the October 7 hearing. "Under all the circumstances, it makes no sense to conduct a hearing on the fairness and reasonableness of the current settlement agreement, as it does...

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...

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...

2009-09-21 16:33:00

"One thing is certain -- the proposed Google Book Settlement, as it's currently written, will not go through." SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21 /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 the Department of Justice's filing with the U.S. District...

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2009-09-20 07:25:00

The Department of Justice advised a federal judge on Friday to reject a proposed legal settlement between Google Inc. and a large group of authors and publishers.  The agreement would allow the Internet search giant to scan and sell millions of out-of-print books online. In its brief filed late Friday in a U.S. District Court in New York, the Justice Department said the class action settlement raises copyright and anti-trust issues, and threatens to thwart competition and drive up prices...

2009-09-19 07:15:17

The U.S. Justice Department says it wants changes in a tentative agreement between Google Inc., and the authors of books it wants to put online. Google, of Mountain View, Calif., is seeking court approval for the deal, which it plans to use to create the world's largest digital library and bookstore. But Justice Department officials said Friday the agreement as it currently stands doesn't sufficiently protect the rights of authors and publishers, The New York Times reported. As presently...

2009-09-18 21:29:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18 /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 Department of Justice's filing with the U.S. District Court: "The Open Book Alliance is pleased with the action taken today by the Department of Justice, which we believe will help to protect the...

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...


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