Friday, January 29, 2010

Despite Changes, Many Still Oppose Google Books Deal - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

The saga continues

But version 2.0 of the settlement has failed to placate many of the critics who opposed the original agreement. With a Thursday deadline looming, several parties rushed to file a new round of objections to the settlement, which requires court approval.

In a new, 33-page filing, Amazon.com, a vocal opponent of the original deal and a rival of Google in e-books, said the new agreement “continues to give Google exclusive rights likely to lead to a monopoly.” Amazon and several others, including the Department of Justice, argued that the original deal would have given Google exclusive rights to millions of unclaimed or “orphan works” — out-of-print books whose rights holders were unknown or couldn’t be found.

Despite Changes, Many Still Oppose Google Books Deal - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

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