Judge Throws the Book and Rejects Google’s Book Settlement Deal

Earlier this afternoon, a New York federal district court struck down a settlement Google had brokered with the Author’s Guild over its digitization of books.  The settlement would have allowed Google to continue the scanning and digitizing books, and simply paying a fine for its copyright infringement. The settlement went “too far” however, in the […]

ACI Applauds Judge’s Decision to Reject Google Books Settlement

In response to Judge Chin’s decision announced today to reject the Google Books Settlement, Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute released the following statement:   “We applaud Judge Chin’s decision to reject this settlement as it would have given the most dominant online firm a significant advantage over its rivals and online book […]

Consumer Watchdog Raises Concerns About Google’s Monopolization of Digital Works

Kudos to Consumer Watchdog, which filed a amicus curiae brief with the court detailing the ongoing problems with the proposed Google Book Settlement.  The brief points to anticompetitive risks, constitutional and other important issues.   ACI agrees and would emphasize the major risks to be the monopolization of “orphan works” and potential market power in the “book search” market. To read Consumer Watchdog brief […]

DOJ Will Investigate Google Book Search Settlement

For Immediate Release July 2, 2009 DOJ Will Investigate Google Book Search Settlement We applaud the Department of Justice for taking this step to launch an investigation of the Google Books settlement. The deal, as written now, will give the most dominant online firm a significant advantage over its rivals and online book competitors like […]