Friday, August 21, 2009
Microsoft, Yahoo, Amazon to fight Google book deal
Three of Google's largest rivals are joining a coalition to oppose a legal settlement that would give the Internet search leader digital rights to millions of copyrighted books.
Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon.com are all part of a group called the Open Book Alliance. It's being put together by the Internet Archive, a longtime critic of Google's digital book crusade.
Google contends its rivals' objections are rooted in a fear of more competition in the digital book market.
The class-action settlement that would expand Google's digital library is scheduled to be reviewed in a court hearing on 7 October.
Source: Associated Press