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On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled Competition and Commerce in Digital Books that will be all about the landmark settlement of the class action filed by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers against Google in 2005.
Although the hearing is likely to attract some attention, the voice that settlement watchers are most eager to hear is that of the Justice Department, whose lawyers are investigating whether the agreement violates antitrust law. The Justice Department has until Sept. 18 to file its views with the court.
Mr. Drummond’s prepared testimony is available here and Mr. Balto’s here. An opposing view, courtesy of the Open Book Alliance, a coalition of companies and organizations that is not speaking at the hearing, is available here.
Those interested in a directory of all the filings in the case can find it here.