Archive | May, 2009

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Facing Criticism, Google Tries Buffing Its Image

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7. May 2009

Google, having dealt with two major antitrust issues 2008 and facing
the potential of more to come, has begun a program to try to spruce up
its image and show that competition is alive and well. Consumer Watchdog on Friday plans to tout a Google presentation titled
Google, Competition, and Openness (PDF) that the advocacy group
uncovered. The company presentation (also embedded below) gives
Google’s views that it faces plenty of competition in a dynamic market.

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Library Groups Voice Concerns About Google Books

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7. May 2009

Google has said the settlement will benefit authors, publishers and readers, because it will result in expanded access to books. Nonetheless, the deal is drawing increasingly vocal critics. Among
others, advocacy group Public Citizen opposes a portion of the
settlement, as does Consumer Watchdog. Additionally, New York Law
School intends to file a brief asking for antitrust oversight of the
deal. Last week, it also came to light that the Justice Department was
making inquiries about the settlement.

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Google Defends Book-Scanning Project

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5. May 2009

US antitrust enforcers are investigating Google’s settlement with
publishers over its book-scanning project, but the internet firm has
defended its position. Google reached an agreement in October to create a $125 million fund to
pay authors to have their work scanned and made available online. The US Justice Department became involved after representatives for
Consumer Watchdog and the American Antitrust Institute raised concerns
earlier this month, according to Bloomberg News.

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Google Book Search Changes Slammed by Librarians

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5. May 2009

In early April 2009, a nonprofit watchdog group, Consumer Watchdog, had called upon the Justice Department to examine the ramifications of Google’s plan to scan so-called "orphan books," which are volumes still under copyright but whose rights-holders cannot be found, into its growing library of digital text. An advocate for the group argued in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that such a deal would need to be reviewed to ensure that it had sufficient consumer protections.

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Extension, Possible Review Challenge Google Settlement

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4. May 2009

For the first time since its preliminary approval in November 2008,
the Google Book Search settlement is looking less like a done deal. On
April 28, New York federal judge Denny Chin granted a four-month
extension, delaying the initial May 5 deadline to opt out or object to
the Google settlement until September 4, with a fairness hearing now
set for October 7. The ruling leaves all other dates in place, at least
for now, but raises questions about the deal’s prospects for final
approval.

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Libraries Ask Court To Monitor Google After Book Settlement Is Approved

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4. May 2009

Google’s project to digitize books is garnering objections.

Another group, Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica, also confirmed
discussions with Justice Department officials on the effects of the
settlement on competition.

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Google In Dispute Over Book Project

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1. May 2009

The Department of Justice has opened an inquiry into the settlement,
according to three people who have spoken with investigators. Such
inquiries don’t necessarily turn into formal investigations, though
some advocates are pressing the government to get involved. "We’d like to have them intervene and delay the settlement until the
antitrust issues get fixed," said John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog, a
nonprofit group that contacted the Justice Department about the
settlement a month ago.

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