Justice reveals concerns about Google book deal
NEW YORK - The US Justice Department has advised a federal judge that it has significant concerns about a proposed legal settlement that would give Google the digital rights to millions of out-of-print books.
The brief filed late yesterday in New York federal court marks the first time the Justice Department has publicly shared its thoughts about Google’s proposed deal with groups representing US authors and publishers.
Among other things, the nation’s top law enforcement agency is worried the agreement will thwart competition in the electronic book market.
The Justice Department told US District Judge Denny Chin it believes Google and its proposed partners can revise the settlement to comply with copyright and antitrust laws.