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Yahoo!, Amazon, MSFT Oppose Google Book Deal

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Google's book deal is already facing an antitrust inquiry from the Department of Justice and it seems the DOJ isn't the only one that disagrees with Google and the Authors Guild's agreement.

The Los Angeles Times today reports that Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon have signed a coalition that opposes the search giant's proposed settlement with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers.

Organized by the Internet Archive and Gary Reback, a Silicon Valley antitrust lawyer, the coalition has yet to be announced. However the LA Times cites Peter Brantley, director of the Internet Archive, in saying several library and journalism associations are already on board, including the New York Library Association, the Special Libraries Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Last October, Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers announced that the three had come to a $125 million agreement with regard to pre-scanned copyright protected books, and laid out prospective plans for future revenues. Google's $125 million would be used to cover legal fees as well as establish the Book Rights Registry, aimed at resolving existing claims by authors and publishers.

However, back in June, rumors started to do the rounds about a DOJ investigation and in early July, the Justice Department confirmed that it was conducting a formal investigation into the agreement. Three weeks later, the European Union announced that it was setting a September 7 date for a discussion on the controversial deal.

The Internet Archive along with those who have signed the coalition are expected to make a joint statement sometime next week.

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    tayb , August 21, 2009 2:27 PM
    It's not t he DOJ Google needs to worry about... the EU is eying another opportunity to finance European endeavors. Uh oh.
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    doomtomb , August 21, 2009 2:24 PM
    War has started...
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    tayb , August 21, 2009 2:27 PM
    It's not t he DOJ Google needs to worry about... the EU is eying another opportunity to finance European endeavors. Uh oh.
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    nukemaster , August 21, 2009 3:01 PM
    taybIt's not t he DOJ Google needs to worry about... the EU is eying another opportunity to finance European endeavors. Uh oh.

    +1
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    thepetey , August 21, 2009 3:56 PM
    oh really? Google's biggest competitors don't agree with this deal?... couldn't see that one coming.
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    Hanin33 , August 21, 2009 7:38 PM
    what exactly is the argument here? who's not getting paid or what? isn't the 125m part of royalty payments?
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    rigaudio , August 21, 2009 10:32 PM
    And if Amazon started up something like that, Google would be against it as well.
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    UmeNNis , August 22, 2009 12:15 AM
    ^ It's called Kindle
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    domenic , August 22, 2009 1:20 AM
    This has to be one of the poorest written articles I've ever read (or tried to read) WTF?
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    shqtth , August 22, 2009 2:00 AM
    ya im confused. Learn to write.
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    scuba dave , August 22, 2009 3:45 PM
    Yeah.. use smaller words. And use pictures. Pop-up pictures. o.O


    But other than my lame attempt at sarcasm.. It's kind of funny seeing MSFT, of all people, pointing fingers at Google for being a monopoly. Just can't have that now can we? :p