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5 U.S. Attorneys General Object Google Deal

MarketWatch this week reports that five U.S. state legal advisors from Missouri, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Washington have filed briefings opposing the Google Book deal. The news comes as rumors begin to circulate that claim Google is altering the deal to try and appease the Department of Justice's antitrust division.

The deal between Google and the Authors Guild would see the former establish the Books Rights Registry where authors could register and receive a cut of the revenue garnered from ads and sales of books. However, while Google would be paying copyright holders, the registry would keep proceeds for orphan works where the copyright holder could no be located.

The five states argue that doing so would circumvent state unclaimed property laws, which can carry significant penalties of up to 10,000 and up to a year in jail. MarketWatch cites Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster who argues that state law requires that "abandoned" property be deposited with the state treasurer. Koster's brief went on to point out that American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers regularly pay into state funds when copyright holders can't be found.

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  • Regected
    Wow, so states trying to be greedy. What ever happened to "Of the people, for the people and by the people" It should be rewritten to "Of the corporation, for the corporation and by the corporation".
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  • jhansonxi
    Apparently Google has been falling behind on their "policy fees" a.k.a. bribes.
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  • jellico
    How the hell did we get ourselves into position where people who know next to nothing about technology can dictate rules and regulations to everyone else?

    "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." King Henry VI (Act IV, Scene II).
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  • amnotanoobie
    Everyone wants to get in line for the hate/milk Google parade.
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  • megamanx00
    I don't like this at all.
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  • Shadow703793
    jellicoHow the hell did we get ourselves into position where people who know next to nothing about technology can dictate rules and regulations to everyone else?"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." King Henry VI (Act IV, Scene II).Well said!
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  • cruiseoveride
    Isn't there a way of buying the copyrights if the current owner doesn't exist anymore?
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  • sceen311
    RegectedWow, so states trying to be greedy. What ever happened to "Of the people, for the people and by the people" It should be rewritten to "Of the corporation, for the corporation and by the corporation".Uhm, the states aren't being greedy. Apparently google is trying to make money off unclaimed works and you're calling the states greedy?
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  • anamaniac
    I simply want a easy, quick, and convenient source for books online.
    My library has limited stock, my book store is too expensive, and buying books online usually is still insanely expensive.
    I have pirated many books and I have no care about the legality. Plain and simple, I want something I can't get locally, and I want it now.
    I support Google for trying to have an online book resource.
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  • Andraxxus
    Do those attorneys belong to the: Uhhh what does this button do?
    and the: Press any key. Well which one is the any key?
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