US Justice Department Rejects Google Book Settlement

February 9, 2010 /EIN PRESSWIRE/ The US Justice Department determined that copyright and antitrust issues haven’t been adequately addressed in the latest proposed settlement between Google and authors and publishers in the ongoing copyright infringement suit against the online giant.

The lawsuit, now in its fifth year of litigation, claims that Google is breaching artist copyright by attempting to digitally scan copyrighted books and include them in the Google books online repository.

The Author’s Guild, for its part, is trying to settle the case with Google instead of wasting legal funds and energy to win empty victories similar to what the RIAA did with Napster and Grokster, the Guild said in a statement on its website.

However, the Open Book Alliance, a group opposed to the settlement that includes Amazon, Microsoft, and Yahoo, was pleased with the rejection of the latest deal.

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