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Post Tech explains Google's revised book settlement: video

For a primer on the Google book search settlement, please take a look at this clip from C-Span's Book TV program over the weekend. In the video, Post Tech dissects the revised agreement between the search giant and publishers and authors groups that was submitted earlier this month to a federal judge in New York.

Please check out this video.

As previously reported, U.S. District Judge Denny Chin last week gave preliminary approval to the new settlement and set key dates for comments by the public and Justice Department. It set a final hearing on the settlement for Feb. 18 2010.

Google said in a statement about Chin's timetable:

"The preliminary approval order sends a positive intitial message; this agreement promises to benefit readers and researchers, and enhance the ability of authors and publishers to distribute their content in digital form."

Opponents of the deal say the settlement still has many flaws. The Open Book Alliance, a group formed by competitors Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo, the Internet Archives and library groups say they will urge the judge and Justice to heavily scrutinize the new deal between Google and the Association of American Publishers and Authors Guild.

"The proposed changes fail to address this deal's fundamental flaws. Despite Google's effort to spin this deal, it does nothing to promote competition nor does it reform Google's exclusive access and monopoly hold on this digital database of books," said Gary Reback, co-chair of the group, in a statement.

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 24, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Antitrust , DOJ , Google  
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It should be no surprise that Cecilia Kang's video is very slanted toward Google. Look at this Web page: Google's logo appears twice, and it contains an ad that is served up by Google (meaning that Google is the primary source of the blog's revenue). It's amazing that the Post would tolerate such a blatant conflict of interest which is producing such obviously biased output.

Posted by: squirma | November 27, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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