The Justice Department has been investigating Google’s settlement with the publishing industry over its book scanning project — and it’s now set to go on the record with some of its complaints. The WSJ reports that a filing the Justice Department will make with the federal court reviewing the agreement will question several aspects of it, including the power of a registry that is being set up to redistribute some of the revenue Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will bring in to publishers.
The report comes a day after Bloomberg News reported that Google was in talks with the Justice Department to change the terms of the settlement. And, indeed, the WSJ says that those talks continue in spite of the expected Justice Department filing.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt, meanwhile, tells Danny Sullivan that Google is open to changing the terms of the agreement.