04 September 2009

US - Authors Guild Accuses Amazon of Hypocrisy in Google Filing

(New York Times)
In response to Amazon's filing in opposition to Google's landmark settlement with publishers and authors, the Authors Guild, one of the parties to the settlement, fired back with a statement on its Web site. In its filing, Amazon said the settlement would violate antitrust laws by giving Google a monopoly over millions of so-called orphan works and create a cartel controlled by authors and publishers for setting prices for e-books. "Amazon"s hypocrisy is breathtaking," the guild's statement read. "It dominates online bookselling and the fledgling e-book industry."