Monday, February 15, 2010
Google Rebuts DOJ
Not to let the DOJ's recent objections to the Google Book Settlement go unchallenged, Google asserted in a filing last week that when it comes to book publishing, "Google is a new entrant and currently has zero percent share in any book market. It does not have monopoly power and there is no 'dangerous probability' that it will acquire such power." Nevertheless, the Open Book Alliance counters: "the amended settlement will still offer the search and online advertising giant exclusive access to books it has illegally scanned to the detriment of consumers, authors and competition." The next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 18. Google, the DOJ, and more than two dozen opponents and supporters of the Google Book Settlement will be present to voice their views and concerns.