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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 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...

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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...

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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...

2009-08-19 15:03:00

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