Book Deal Puts Google Under Antitrust Microscope

Law360, New York (April 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Google Inc. has once again found itself in the sights of U.S. antitrust regulators, this time over a settlement the Internet giant reached in 2008 with authors and publishers over the company's efforts to build a massive online library.

In October, Google agreed to pay $125 million and create an ambitious royalty registry for books to resolve a long-running copyright battle over its plan to digitize huge numbers of books.

The U.S. Department of Justice is now examining the settlement for potential antitrust implications. The inquiry...
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