Publishers: DOJ “focused on Google” in book settlement probe

10 06 2009

Various sources within the publishing industry have indicated that the US Department of Justice has issued formal requests for information as part of its investigation into the publishers’ proposed agreement with Google. . . . The entry of the DOJ suggests that the government may, in effect, become a third┬áparty involved in structuring the settlement, which could significantly delay any finalized agreement.

The book settlement was negotiated between Google and a collection of publishers and copyright holders, and intended to bring an end to various copyright infringement suits that objected to Google’s digitization of library content, some of which remains under copyright. But the deal would do far more than get the search giant out of legal hot water; it would turn it into a book retailer, . . .

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