books1A NYT article broke the news that lawyers for the Justice Department have begun discussions with groups that oppose the book deal that Google struck with publishers and authors to place their books on Google’s massive online library.  The license agreements, says its opposition, would lend Google the exclusive right to exploit this literature online.  According to the article, conversations have begun between the Justice Department and groups such as the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild, but the Department has not made up its mind whether to oppose to deal.  The deal is the result of a 2005 lawsuit, in which copyright infringement claims were brought against Google.  The largest issue is the exclusive right to “orphan books”, whose copyright holders are not known and cannot be found.  This is the first tangible evidence of the ordeal being made over orphan works on Capitol Hill in the last few years, in which lobby groups have argued for expanded copyright law measures to cover these works.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 7:49 am.
Categories: Copyright Caucus, Today in IP ~ by Ian McClure.

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