Archive | April, 2009

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Google Stands By Book Search Deal

By BBC NEWS

30. April 2009



Google has defended its online book deal amid reports it is being reviewed by the US justice department.

Consumer Watchdog told the BBC it was one of a
number of groups involved in calling on the Department of Justice to
act "We felt the deal set up an unfair monopolistic situation for Google,"
explained Consumer Watchdog advocate John M. Simpson. "We do need to have the world’s books digitized but I think there are
very big concerns if one internet giant is able to dominate the digital
market. We want a level playing field here," Mr. Simpson said.

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Regulators Question Google’s Deal With Publishers — Online Book Project Raises Antitrust Concerns

By EDMONTON JOURNAL(Canada)

30. April 2009

U.S. antitrust enforcers are asking questions about Google’s settlement
with publishers over its book-scanning project, representatives for
Consumer Watchdog and the American Antitrust Institute said. Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based consumer group, spent
about an hour on the phone with Justice Department lawyers this month
to discuss their concerns, John Simpson, a consumer advocate at the
group, said in an interview.

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DOJ Inquiry Over Book Deal Puts Google on Notice

By WIRED.COM

29. April 2009

Earlier this month, Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to Attorney General
Eric Holder arguing that the deal between Google and the Author’s Guild
raises antitrust concerns and hasn’t been adequately scrutinized with
the public’s interest in mind. Consumer Watchdog objected to two components of the deal, arguing they
create barriers to entry for potential Google competitors, thereby
giving Google an unfair advantage in the nascent marketplace for
digital books.

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Authors & consumers uniting against Google book deal

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29. April 2009

Google’s overreaching in trying to tightly control scanned digital copies of world literature has stuck an alarm bell with more than just consumers and the Justice Department

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Google Lobs $880,000 At Health Record Lobby – What Ye Worry?

By THE REGISTER (UK)

29. April 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Why is Google lobbying the US Congress over the webification of the nation’s health records? It won’t say. But lobbying it is. Consumer Watchdog is convinced that Google is lobbying for exclusion
from the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
(HIPAA), which provides privacy protections for America’s personal
health records. As it stands, the laws that govern what doctors can do
with a patient’s medical records do not apply to the Google Chocolate
Factory. If you upload your health records to Google, you have to
assume the company will always do the right thing.

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Google Book Deal Targeted by Justice Department

By eWEEK

29. April 2009

Google has reportedly been questioned by the U.S. Justice Department over whether its plans to digitize the world’s books into an online database represents a potential antitrust violation. An advocate for Consumer Watchdog, John M. Simpson, wrote a letter to
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking for government intervention in
Google’s settlement with the Author’s Guild and the Association of
American Publishers, arguing that it should have been reviewed to see
if it met "the interests of consumers."

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US Justice Department Probes Google Settlement

By THE FINANCIAL TIMES (UK)

29. April 2009

John M. Simpson, an advocate with Consumer Watchdog, a California consumer
group, said his organization had been contacted by justice department
lawyers to discuss orphaned rights after protesting about this aspect
of the Google book settlement early this month. Meanwhile, a second
person said that the anti-trust agency had also held talks with lawyers
for Google on the same issue in the last two weeks.

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U.S. Opens Inquiry Into Google Books Deal

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

29. April 2009

The Justice Department has begun an inquiry into
the antitrust implications of Google’s settlement with authors and
publishers over its Google Book Search service, two people briefed on
the matter said Tuesday. Lawyers for the Justice Department have been in conversations in recent
weeks with various groups opposed to the settlement, including the
Internet Archive and Consumer Watchdog.

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Federal Report Shines Light On Google’s EMR Lobbying Effforts

By HEALTHCARE IT NEWS

29. April 2009

According to first quarter federal reports, Google
participated in lobbying efforts aimed at allowing the sale of
electronic medical records in the economic stimulus legislation. This contradicts the Internet giant’s earlier response to Consumer
Watchdog, a California-based, non-profit consumer education and
advocacy organization, that their claims against Google were "100
percent false."

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Justice Department Reviews Google Book Deal

By LOS ANGELES TIMES

29. April 2009

The U.S. Justice Department is making antitrust inquiries into
Google Inc.’s settlement with authors and publishers over the Internet
giant’s project to scan millions of books and put them online. The Justice Department also contacted Consumer Watchdog after the Santa
Monica advocacy group sent it a letter expressing concerns about the
deal. "They talked to us with what I thought was great interest," John
Simpson of Consumer Watchdog said.

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Judge Issues Extension In Google Book Search Settlement

By CNET

28. April 2009

A federal judge has granted authors worldwide four more months to
decide whether to participate in a settlement involving Google’s online
Book Search service. "The four-month extension is a big victory for those who oppose the
Google Books settlement," said John Simpson, a consumer advocate with
Consumer Watchdog. "It’s a clear recognition by the judge that there
are problems with the proposed deal. The extension also gives the
Justice Department more time to consider the antitrust issues that we
and others have raised and discussed with them."

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Press Release

U.S. Senate Records Reveal Google Inc. Lobbying Campaign On Personal Medical Records Law Despite Internet Giant’s Denials

CONTACT: 310-392-0522 x317 or Carmen Balber 202 629-3043

28. April 2009

Washington, DC — First quarter federal reports show Google lobbied on
the electronic medical records provisions of the federal economic
stimulus act, contradicting the Internet giant’s earlier claims that
Consumer Watchdog’s report of its effort was “100 percent false.”

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Google seeks delay in book settlement

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27. April 2009

Faced with mounting criticism of the proposed Google Books settlement, the Internet giant has asked the court to extend the time for authors, publishers…

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