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2009-08-27 06:10:00

Microsoft, Yahoo!, Amazon, and non-profit library associations have joined forces to fight a legal settlement which would allow Google to digitize and sell books. The coalition, called the Open Content Alliance, has expressed concerns about "serious legal, competitive, and policy issues" surrounding the Google book project. The group said they are countering the proposed Google Book Settlement in its current form. In October of last year, Google reached a class action settlement on a...

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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2009-08-21 12:38:18

A newly formed coalition of Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon is attempting to rally against Google's digital book ambitions and ultimately persuade a federal judge to block or revise the company's efforts, The Associated Press reported. The Open Book Alliance is an attempt by the Internet Archive to stop Google's crusade to make digital copies of as many printed books as possible. With three of the world's best-known technology companies on board, the Open Book Alliance figures to make a dent in...

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2009-07-25 13:45:59

Google's book scanning project is already facing anti-trust criticism and awaiting court approval, and now it has also raised concerns amongst privacy advocates and civil liberties groups. Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executive, said on Thursday the groups expressed "grave concern" that the Google Book Search project was "leaving the crucial component of reader privacy behind." "Increasing access to books is a very important mission that we strongly support, but readers must not be forced to...

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2009-07-03 11:40:00

Reports say that U.S. anti-trust regulators are investigating a $125 million deal Google made with book publishers to settle copyright issues. The deal compensates copyright holders and gives Google a percentage of online book sales and advertisements. U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General William Cavanaugh said in a letter filed to the New York District Court that the deal "warrants further inquiry."Some fear that the deal might make Google a monopoly for online books."The US has reviewed...

2009-06-22 08:34:00

In first public interview, Michael Healy looks into digital publishing future DANVERS, Mass., June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In his first public interview, the expected executive director of the Book Rights Registry (BRR) said that, "the involvement of Google in [the publishing] marketplace, and others, is going to be part of the transformational character of [the industry over] the next few years." A month ago, the publishing trade media reported that Michael Healy, who is currently...

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2009-06-02 09:55:00

Google announced on Monday that it intends to begin selling new e-books online sometime this year, as the Web giant appears to be seeking its share of the market currently dominated by Amazon. "We've consistently maintained that we're committed to helping our partners find more ways to make their books accessible and available for purchase," Google spokesman Gabriel Stricker said in a statement on Monday. "By end of this year, we hope to give publisher partners an additional way to sell their...

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2009-05-29 12:11:55

The European Union's executive body is going to study Google's plans to make money from its books, which are available online, after Germany said the Internet search giant's project openly disregards EU copyright laws. On Thursday the bloc's industry ministers agreed to ask the European Commission to find how Google's settlement with authors in the U.S. has affected writers' rights in the EU. "The commission will carefully study the whole issue and, if need be, to take steps," Vladimir...

2009-05-28 07:00:00

Proprietary Annotation Platform Enables Stakeholders and Experts to view all Relevant Documents and Engage in Dynamic, Contextual Discussion for Public Record NEW YORK, May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- SharedBook Inc., the custom publishing enabler, announces the launch of a new digital platform to facilitate public debate on Google's settlement with the book publishing industry in an unprecedented way, using SharedBook's patented digital annotation technology. For the first time, the full...


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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.