Archive | April, 2009

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Google, Others Ask For Delay In Book Search Settlement

By MEDIAPOST ONLINE MEDIA DAILY

27. April 2009

With opponents to the ambitious Google Book Search settlement continuing to emerge, Google as well as authors and publishers have asked for a two-month delay in the search case. Earlier this month, advocacy group Consumer Watchdog also criticized
the settlement on the grounds that it would give Google "an effective
monopoly over digitized books" and asked the Department of Justice to
intervene.

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Google lobbying revealed

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22. April 2009

First quarter lobbying reports just filed with the U.S. Senate’s Office of Public Records show that
Google lobbied Congress about electronic medical record provisions in the federal economic stimulus act.

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Resistance Grows As Google Deadline Nears

By PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

20. April 2009

Earlier this month, the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog called for the
Justice Department to delay the settlement. The group argued that no
one is representing the public interest in the agreement, a deal it
contends will "transform" publishing.

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Opposition to Google Books Settlement Jells

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

17. April 2009

With a May 5 deadline for filing objections to the Google books settlement looming, opposition to and criticism of the settlement continues to cement.

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Internet Archive Latest to Object to Google Settlement

By PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

17. April 2009

The Internet Archive has sent a letter to
Judge Dennis Chin, the judge overseeing the Google/Authors Guild, AAP
case seeking permission to file a motion that would ask the court to
alter the proposed settlement to give other companies that have scanned
printed books the same copyright protection of orphan works that would
be granted to Google in the settlement. 
The same argument was made last week by the Consumer Watchdog group
when it asked the Justice Department to intervene in the settlement.

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Why trust Google Health still in beta test mode?

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16. April 2009

Why would anybody trust their private medial records to a service that by its own admission doesn’t have all the kinks worked out?  Believe it or not, that’s exactly what  Google is asking you to do with its Google Health service.

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Google’s solution for journalism: Invade your privacy

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15. April 2009

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt recently sat down with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and discussed how newspapers can emerge from their downward spiral.  His solution, not surprisingly, is less privacy.

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Google Book Settlement Faces Legal Assault

By CNET.COM

10. April 2009

A proposed settlement in a copyright lawsuit involving Google’s book search has drawn applause, envy, and from a handful of critics, an attempt to derail the deal. While most groups concerned with Google’s singular access to orphan
works are considering filing briefs with the court before a June 11
hearing, at least one group, Consumer Watchdog, is asking the Justice
Department to intervene and plans a meeting on Monday with department
officials. "Google’s going to have an unfair advantage against any competitor
because they will have already settled this issue," said Consumer
Watchdog President Jamie Court.

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Google Digital Book ‘Monopoly’ Feels Heat — Redmond Blamed

By THE REGISTER UK

7. April 2009

Complaints over Google’s sweeping digital books settlement have reached a boiling point. And now, a familiar Google nemesis has called on the US Department of
Justice to scrutinize the Book Search pact. Today, the consumer
watchdog known only as Consumer Watchdog tossed a letter at US Attorney
General Eric Holder and other DoJ officials, asking them to delay the
settlement until some changes are made. Consumer Watchdog is the consumer watchdog that Google famously tried to snuff out after taking issue with its press release tactics.

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Group: Consumers Not Considered In Google Book Search Settlement

By ONLINE MEDIA DAILY

7. April 2009

Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has joined the ranks of organizations
expressing concern about the proposed Google Book Search settlement. The group criticizes the settlement on the grounds that it would give
Google "an effective monopoly over digitized books" and is asking the
Department of Justice to intervene.

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Wall Street Journal, AP Take Aim At Google

By CNET.COM

6. April 2009

Traditional media is once again rattling sabers in the direction of Google and other sites that aggregate the news. There’s tough talk coming from managers at The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press that include threats of legal challenges and even name calling. Google’s plan to scan orphan books and preserve them in a database is
also being challenged. Google has an agreement with the The Authors
Guild and the Association of American Publishers to scan the books, but
a group called Consumer Watchdog says the agreement is anticompetitive
and has called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to intervene.

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Consumer Group Protests Google Settlement

By PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

6. April 2009

With May 5 the deadline for filing objections to Google’s settlement
with the AAP and the Authors Guild, the consumer advocacy group
Consumer Watchdog has sent a letter to the Justice Department asking
the department to delay the settlement, which still needs court
approval. The letter cites two objections to the agreement: a so-called
“most favored nation” clause and the mechanism to deal with orphan
works. The group maintains that because the settlement was negotiated
between Google and the AAP/authors, there was no one representing the
public interest in what Consumer Watchdog calls an agreement that will
transform publishing.

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Academics, Citing Public Interest, Plan To Intervene in Google Book Search Settlement

By LIBRARY JOURNAL

6. April 2009

While much mainstream news coverage of the pending Google Book
Search settlement has focused on the potential boon to researchers,
concerns raised by librarians and consumers have begun to hit critical
mass. One sign was a front-page article in the April 4 New York Times, headlined Google’s Plan for Out-of-Print Books Is Challenged, which noted that two sets of academics plan to intervene in the settlement. Consumer Watchdog,
a public interest group in Southern California, also has asked the
Justice Department to intervene in the case to “serve the public
interest,” Helft noted.

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