Google's Schmidt to Book Critics: Stop Whining
Google chief executive Eric Schmidt tells Search Engine Land that the growing army of opponents to his company's settlement with book authors and publishers should quit whining and come up with their own solutions.
"I would like to hear from the critics a better solution to the problem as opposed to criticisms of the solution that we arrived at after four years of negotiation," he said. "I read this stuff, and it strikes me that people who only criticize have as their interest the current status quo."
The Justice Department has until Friday evening to file comments about the antitrust implications of the deal to a federal court reviewing the $125 million settlement.
Google, publishers and competitors have been meeting with Justice officials this week, according to a source close to the parties involved. This could portend some sort of concessions by Google to appease critics including Amazon, some authors and privacy groups.
The Justice Department appears to be taking a different approach than the Copyright Office, which told Congress in a hearing last week that it didn't support the deal and that the settlement raised concerns about fair use of copyright rules in the future.
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