Letter to Congress on Competition in the “Evolving Digital Marketplace”

  September 15, 2010 Congressman Hank Johnson 1133 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515   Dear Chairman Johnson: As the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy meets tomorrow on “Competition in the Evolving Digital Marketplace,” I would like to call to your attention to the growing threat to competition – Google’s high market share, high profits […]

ACI Agrees With DOJ – Google Book Settlement Poses Anticompetitive Risks

Washington, DC, February 5, 2010 –– We applaud yesterday’s statement by the U.S. Department of Justice expressing its problems with the proposed Google Book Search Settlement, stating that the settlement is “an attempt to use the class action mechanism to implement forward-looking business arrangements that go far beyond the dispute before the court in this […]

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 […]

Google Books Settlement Draws Congressional Scrutiny

Yesterday’s hearing on the Google Books settlement provided a great opportunity for members of Congress to hear about the many concerns that authors, legal experts and consumers have about this settlement. The deal, as currently written, would give the most dominant online firm a significant advantage over its rivals and online book competitors like Amazon. […]

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 […]