OBA files objection against Google Settlement

<p>The Open Book Alliance has filed its formal opposition to the Amended Google Settlement, claiming the revised agreement &quot;has not affected Google&#39;s conduct one iota&quot; and that it will still create a &quot;de facto exclusive license&quot;. </p><p>The group - which comprises competitor organisations Amazon, Yahoo and Microsoft, as well as the National Writers Union, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and Special Libraries Association - filed the objections late last week. </p><p>The OBA argues that Google is aiming to become &quot;the sole owner of an immense digital library that will improve the company&#39;s advertising-based search business&quot;, and complains the situation would &quot;provide Google with an enormous advantage over its search competitors&quot;.</p><p>The alliance dubbed the changes to the settlement &quot;paltry&quot;, warning as it stands the deal would create a &quot;bottleneck&quot; for access to digital books. </p><p>There are five main concerns within the filing - that Google is effectively seeking a monopoly of the search market, that &quot;secret side deals&quot; between the relevant parties are actually controlling the settlement, that it would undermine competition within digital book distribution, that it fails to resolve antitrust objections, and that it fails &quot;even a rule of reason evaluation&quot;. </p><p>According to the OBA, the filing stated: &quot;The torrent of criticism to the settlement may have produced amendments to the class definition, but it has not affected Google&#39;s conduct one iota... All in all, little has been accomplished, save from Google&#39;s perspective as it continues to build its lead over competitors...</p><p>&quot;The Court&#39;s procedures are ill-suited for resolution of what is now at stake in this matter -- rewriting the copyright law, restructuring the publishing industry, and maintaining a competitive search market.&quot;</p>