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Opponents Rally Against Google Book Search


Policy Fugue by Kenneth Corbin (bio)

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True to their word, a handful of the biggest players in tech have thrown their lot in with the Internet Archive to derail Google's settlement with authors and publishers concerning its Book Search project.

Word of the Open Book Coalition surfaced last week, with the expectation that the group would have its inaugural partnerships in place for a launch sometime this week.

The group officially went live today, and, as one might expect, its founders struck a combative tone in their opening blog:

"One of the most significant developments in the history of publishing could be co-opted by the settlement of a class action lawsuit that creates an unprecedented monopoly and price-fixing cartel," the group declared.

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