Google Anti-Trust Investigation: Justice Department Opens Inquiry Into Google Books Deal

05/29/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • MIGUEL HELFT New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into Google's settlement with authors and publishers over its Google Book Search service, according to two people briefed on the matter.

Lawyers for the Justice Department have been in conversations in recent weeks with various groups opposed to the settlement, including the Internet Archive and Consumer Watchdog. More recently, Justice Department lawyers notified the parties to the settlement, including Google, and representatives for the Association of American Publishers and the Author's Guild, that they were investigating various antitrust issues related to the far-reaching agreement.

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