Facing vigorous opposition to the settlement of the Google Books lawsuit, Google and settlement supporters are pushing back.
Google and organizations that support the company's proposed settlement with publishers and authors are pushing back against competitors intent on scuttling the deal.
Google enlisted academics and civil rights leaders to participate in a conference call for the press on Thursday to express support for the social benefits of the settlement, principally expanded access to books for people everywhere.
Amazon, which could see Kindle e-book sales suffer as Google enters the market, made just such a claim on Tuesday in a legal filing submitted to the judge in the case.
The settlement, Amazon's attorney argues, "is anticompetitive and violates antitrust laws because it provides Google an effective monopoly in the scanning and exploitation of millions of works whose copyright holders cannot be located or choose not to involve themselves in this class action."
The following day, the Authors Guild, one of the groups that wants to settle its copyright claim against Google, issued a statement saying, "Amazon's hypocrisy is breaktaking. It dominates online bookselling and the fledgling e-book industry. At this moment it's trying to cement its control of the e-book industry by routinely selling e-books at a loss."
The Authors Guild defends the settlement as a way to make millions of out-of-print books available again and notes that Google will not have exclusive rights to those books. "The agreement opens new markets, and that's a good thing for readers and authors," the group said.
Today, Friday, September 4, had been the deadline for submitting comments about the proposed settlement, which is scheduled to be reviewed in a hearing on October 7. But yesterday, the judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Denny Chin moved the deadline back to 10 a.m. EDT on Tuesday because, according to the Associated Press, the court computers were taken offline on Thursday for maintenance scheduled to occur over the Labor Day weekend.
At the 2009 InformationWeek 500 Conference, C-level executives from leading global companies will meet to discuss how they're delivering on the most critical business priorities of the day. Join us Sept. 13-15 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, Calif. Find out more and register.
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
2017 State of IT ReportIn today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.