DOJ Expands Probe Of Google Book Deal

Law360, New York (June 10, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has reportedly stepped up its investigation of Google Inc.'s proposed settlement with authors and publishers over the company's efforts to build a massive online library, formally requesting more details from publishers.

Civil investigative demands, or CIDs, have been sent to publishers, asking for information on pricing, digital strategy and conversations with other publishers related to the Google settlement, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing people briefed on the matter.

Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, told the newspaper this week that the...
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