The revised Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Book settlement scales back the countries the agreement covers and promises new protections for potential rights-holders and authors (Read in detail what those changes entail here). That, however, doesn’t seem to have placated two key interest groups:
– Justice Department: The DOJ was consulted repeatedly in the drafting of the new settlement. However, it “remains concerned that the fact the settlement gives Google immunity from lawsuits related to orphan works may be anticompetitive,” the WSJ reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
– Competitors: Less surprisingly, Google’s rivals remain up in arms. The Open Book Alliance — which is made up of Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), and some other entities — put out a statement saying the changes were too minor: “By performing surgical nip and tuck, (the parties) are attempting to distract people from their continued efforts to establish a monopoly over digital content access and distribution; usurp Congress