House Reviews Google Books Deal
Google's controversial settlement with book authors and publishers for its digital books project will received increased scrutiny as the House Judiciary Committee plans a hearing next Thursday, Sept. 10, on the issue. The hearing will be a review of competition in the market for digital books.
The settlement is already under review by the Justice Department and European regulators over whether it stymies competition as it allows Google access to millions of copyrighted book titles. U.S. District Judge Denny Chin will also review the settlement in an Oct. 7 court hearing in New York.
The settlement, struck last October between Google and some book authors and publishers in response to a class-action suit, has also drawn criticism by tech giants Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon. They have joined an alliance that opposes the settlement and argues that it would give Google too much dominance in the online books market.
Google and some author and publisher groups say the agreement would increase access to digital books, including out-of-print titles that are difficult to find. Critics say Google could increase prices for consumers who try to access digital books.
September 3, 2009; 10:10 AM ET
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