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Microsoft, Yahoo! and Amazon unite to oppose Google Books settlement

Microsoft, Yahoo! and Amazon have signed on to a coalition being assembled by the Internet Archive and Gary Reback, a Silicon Valley antitrust lawyer, said Peter Brantley. Though the coalition has not been formally announced, and is expected to issue a joint statement next week. The coalition’s members include players who normally would be sitting at opposite sides of the table. Reback, for example, is known for instigating the antitrust efforts against Microsoft. That they’ve agreed to join forces suggests the magnitude of concern raised by Google’s book-scanning efforts, Brantley said. “We are all united in our understanding of the core issues, such as its impact on competitiveness and the threat to reader privacy.”

Source:→ LA Times

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