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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...

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...

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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2009-08-27 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...

2009-08-23 18:37:05

Microsoft and Yahoo along with the U.S. Justice Department are watching a settlement between Google and authors and publishers, Information Week reported. Microsoft and Yahoo joined the Open Book Alliance, a new group opposed to Google's settlement in a case brought against it for scanning books for its search index without permission. The settlement provides for cash payments to people whose books or other written material Google scanned. The Department of Justice is considering whether...

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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...

2009-04-04 12:50:00

U.S. Internet search engine giant Google should not be allowed nearly exclusive rights to out-of-print books for its online publishing venture, critics say. Academics and public interest groups alike are threatening to file legal briefs to block a lawsuit settlement that may give Google the rights to millions of out-of-print texts whose publishing rights are owned by unknown or missing sources, The New York Times reported Saturday. Harvard University Library head Robert Darnton said if the...


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