Book Deal Puts Google Under Antitrust Microscope

By Jacqueline Bell (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 was first reported by The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

"The Department...

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