Saturday, September 19, 2009

U.S. Urges Changes to Google’s Deal on Digital Books - NYTimes.com

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The Justice Department said it was concerned that the agreement could violate antitrust law by giving book publishers the ability to “restrict price competition” and by giving Google “de facto exclusive rights for the digital distribution of orphan works.” Orphan works are books whose authors are unknown or cannot be found.

The department also said that it had concerns that the groups negotiating the agreement did not adequately represent all types of authors. It also said it was particularly concerned that the agreement granted Google the right to exploit orphan works “for unspecified future uses.”

U.S. Urges Changes to Google’s Deal on Digital Books - NYTimes.com

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