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2011-03-22 16:07:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New York Federal District Court's rejection of the Google Book Settlement is a victory for the public interest and for competition in the literary and Internet ecosystems. The U.S. Department of Justice and the State Attorneys General who fought to protect consumers and competition should be applauded. Judge Denny Chin's reasoned and thoughtful analysis was worth the wait. In his decision, Judge Chin confirmed that the...

2010-09-15 13:02:00

House Judiciary Committee Takes Proactive Step to Examine Anti-Competitive Behavior WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, September 16, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy will explore growing concerns about anti-competitive and monopolistic practices taking place online. The Open Book Alliance applauds the action and urges the subcommittee to use the hearing to continue their examination of the threat to online competition presented by...

2010-05-10 11:24:00

SAN FRANCISCO, May 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Open Book Alliance (OBA) released a comprehensive analysis that details how the proposed Google Books Settlement violates international laws and treaties. For the first time, the proposed class action settlement between Google, the Association of American Publishers and the Author's Guild has been fully evaluated to determine the claims and remedies that other nations may seek through the World Trade Organization (WTO) for the...

2010-02-11 20:39:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance today issued the following statement in response to Google's Request for an Amended Google Books Settlement Approval: The Open Book Alliance and many other objectors, including the U.S. Department of Justice, authors, publishers, academics, libraries and privacy advocates from around the world have collectively made the case for rejection of the amended settlement agreement proposed by Google, the Association of...

2010-02-04 20:15:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Justice's filing with the U.S. District Court: The Open Book Alliance applauds the action taken today by the Department of Justice. We believe that the DoJ's Statement of Interest regarding the Google Books Settlement will help to preserve competition, promote innovation and protect the public interest. The Department of Justice has made it...

2010-01-28 13:18:00

Open Book Alliance (OBA) Files Amicus Curiae with U.S. District Court in Southern District of NY Detailing Harm to Copyright Holders and Independent Markets SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance today formally filed Amicus Curiae in opposition to the proposed settlement between the Authors Guild, Inc., Association of American Publishers, Inc. and Google, Inc. The OBA filing states, "The torrent of criticism to the settlement may have produced amendments...

2010-01-19 10:05:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance has been steadfast in its belief that the digitization of books is a seismic change that will help reduce the literary divide in our nation and our world, and open up new ways to more efficiently and thoroughly conduct research. However, it is critical that the commercialization of books does not trump the benefits of their digitization. The current Google Book Settlement does just that. While much debate over the...

2009-11-14 01:01:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers released their revised book settlement proposal in an attempt to fix the deeply flawed legal agreement. Open Book Alliance co-chair Peter Brantley said, "Our initial review of the new proposal tells us that Google and its partners are performing a sleight of hand; fundamentally, this settlement remains a set-piece designed to serve the private commercial...

2009-11-06 10:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Like many others, the Open Book Alliance awaits the release on November 9 of a revised proposed settlement from Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers. If repeated signals from Google and its partners over the last month are to be taken at face value, we don't expect significant changes to the earlier settlement proposal that was soundly rejected by the Department of Justice and many others. "Settlement 2.0" is...

2009-10-07 15:54:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 7 /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 today's U.S. District Court hearing on the Google Book Settlement case: "Based on the court hearing today, one thing is clear -- whatever revised settlement Google and...


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