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Open Book Alliance calls for full review of future Google books settlement

Posted: October 7, 2009 9:10 p.m.
Updated: October 8, 2009 11:11 a.m.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Open Book Alliance, a coalition of librarians, legal scholars, authors, publishers and technology companies created to counter the proposed Google Book Settlement in its current form, Wednesday issued the following statement from co-founder Peter Brantley in response to today's U.S. District Court hearing on the Google Book Settlement case:

"Based on the court hearing today, one thing is clear -- whatever revised settlement Google and its partners unveil on Nov. 9 must be subject to full review and scrutiny by the vast array of stakeholders -- authors, academics, consumer advocates, privacy groups, libraries, and others -- who have spoken out. By their own admission, they have taken the deeply flawed original settlement off the table.

"So, any revisions to the settlement that would resolve the flaws identified by the Department of Justice and other objectors must be fundamental in scope. This is inconsistent with the timeline they proposed. This is not the time for shortcuts.

"It's also clear that the settlement partners have zero interest in creating an open process that takes input from critical stakeholders. Instead, Google and its partners are serving their private business interests and ignoring the public interest.

"They came to the courtroom without a single concrete recommendation of how they would address any of the problems with the original settlement. Instead, they proposed more of the same -- secret, backroom negotiations -- rather than an open, transparent and collaborative process."


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