Google's Book Program Hits Legal Snag
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.