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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...

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...

2009-09-21 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...

2009-09-18 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...

2009-09-10 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...

2009-09-01 09:15:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaplan Publishing announced that by working with LibreDigital and Lexcycle, five titles for law and nursing students are now available at the iTunes(R) store via the award winning Stanza eReader with more titles expected soon. This follows the results of a Kaplan Test Prep survey showing in the next year nearly 45% of Kaplan students will have access to an iPhone(R) or an iPod . The first five titles are: The Law School Labyrinth: A Guide to Making the...

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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...


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