Google’s Book Search still under scrutiny

Google’s controversial Book Search has been under the microscope from many angles over the past few months. Recently, the Justice Department has begun an inquiry into the antitrust implications of the settlement between Google and the authors and publishers.

The settlement was announced in October, and it grants Google permission to place library books online, and to profit by selling access to individual works and subscriptions to the collection to libraries and other institutions, and share the revenue among the publishers and authors.

The various groups who are opposed to the settlement include the Internet Archive and Consumer Watchdog. Lawyers for the Justice Department notified parties to the settlement, including Google, representatives for the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild that antitrust issues were being scrutinized.

Critics of the settlement raise concerns that it gives Google an exclusive license to profit from millions of books, and they claim this is unfair. In 2005, a class action suit was filed by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers against Google over its Book Search technology, which scans works found in libraries for users to access online. Google Book Search generated a stir regarding its use of copyrighted works and accusations of violations thereof. Relayed by Blue Interactive, your Florida web design & search engine marketing solutions.