It’s not every day that you beat one of America’s biggest companies in court. Today a federal judge agreed with Consumer Watchdog’s strong anti-trust arguments and prevented Google from gaining a monopoly over digitized online books. Consumer Watchdog was of the one first to call for the US Justice Department to block the Google Books deal where Google scanned most of the books in the world without asking for permission from the authors. We agree with Judge Denny Chin’s ruling that a digital books library should be available only with the consent of all authors. Judge Chin ruled that the agreement “would grant Google significant rights to exploit entire books, without the permission of copyright owners.” We took this stand because we believe Google’s engineers are out of control. They take first and ask permission later. Today Judge Chin acknowledged that the deal would give Google a “defacto monopoly” and would arguably give Google control over the search market. One company should not have control over the body of world literature. Today’s victory hopefully is the beginning of more scrutiny over Google’s business practices and use of its monopolistic position online. I wanted share this important news with you as it happened. If you want to read Judge Chin’s ruling, you can read it here. Thanks for all you support. Editor’s Note: This piece appeared originally in an email alert from Jamie Court at Consumer Watchdog. Learn more at ConsumerWatchdog.org.
|Jamie Court is the author of The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell.|