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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...

2009-09-09 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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2009-09-09 07:05:00

Opponents of a class action lawsuit settlement that would allow Google to dramatically expand its library of digital books submitted a flurry of last-minute court arguments on Tuesday. The critics, which include Microsoft, privacy advocates, the French government, DC Comics, the National Writers Union, the National Coalition of Authors and others, object to the Internet giant's aggressive plans to scan and sell millions of books online. Microsoft, Yahoo and other opponents have also...

2009-09-08 13:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance today filed a brief with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York countering the proposed settlement between Google, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and the Authors' Guild. The brief was written by noted antitrust attorney Gary Reback, who is co-founder of the Open Book Alliance. The brief said: "Google and the plaintiff publishers secretly negotiated for 29 months to...

2009-09-08 14:48:55

European publishers voiced objections in Brussels to a deal that would give Google rights to millions of out-of-print books scanned for digital distribution. Authors, publishers and other copyrights holders objected at a European Commission meeting to the plan proposed in a U.S. court, despite Google agreeing to restrict its own practices, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Google said it would not sell books online without permission from the European copyright holder if that book was out...

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...

2009-09-02 16:16:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance announced today that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA(R)) has joined the coalition of librarians, legal scholars, authors, publishers, and technology companies dedicated to countering the proposed Google Book Settlement. "We are thrilled that SFWA(R) has joined our unique and diverse group of academic, professional, and industry organizations," said Alliance co-chair Peter Brantley. "More and...

2009-09-02 04:00:00

READING, England, September 2 /PRNewswire/ -- - More Than a Million Titles now Available From COOLERBOOKS.com, the First ebookstore Outside the US to Partner With Google Books... British company Interead announces that COOLERBOOKS.com is the first ebookstore outside the US to partner with Google to include over 1 million public domain books (close to half a million outside the US) from Google Books in its online library. Starting today, COOLERBOOKS.com will feature a Google API...


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