EU Launches Probe Of Google Digital Library Deal

Law360, New York (July 20, 2009, 4:44 PM EDT) -- The European Commission is reportedly seeking comment on how Google Inc.'s proposed virtual library project — currently being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for possible antitrust violations — will affect authors' and publishers' copyrights.

Commission officials will meet with European copyright holders on Sept. 7 to evaluate a deal in which Google will pay $125 million and create a royalty registry to resolve copyright issues over its plan for a digital database offering access to more than 20 million books, according to the Associated...
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