Google’s Book Program Hits Legal Snag
Posted on Sep 19, 2009
Whoever said that information wants to be free never met the U.S. Justice Department. Citing copyright and antitrust issues, the department has urged a New York court to reject an agreement that would let Google publish a treasure trove of books online. —J.C.
The US Justice Department has urged a New York court to reject a deal that would allow internet company Google to publish millions of books online.
The deal raised copyright and anti-trust issues, the department said, and should be rejected in its current form.
The court is due to rule on the issue early next month.
Under the deal - the product of a legal suit - Google would establish a $125m (£77m) fund to compensate those whose works it published online.
Google argues that its program would give users unprecedented access to out-of-print books.