Antitrust Updates: Google Book Search; Section 2 Symposium; The Mediated Book
Three quick items of interest:
1. The judge extended the deadlines in the Google Book Search settlement by roughly four months yesterday. That means that the new opt-out deadline is September 4, 2009 and the Fairness Hearing is scheduled for October 7, 2009. Also yesterday, there are a number of reports (NYT) that the Antitrust Division at DOJ is now taking a serious look at the settlement. This is hardly surprising, since the most obvious parallels to the settlement are ASCAP and BMI and we have engaged in nearly 70 years of antitrust “regulation” of them. You can read my paper on the antitrust issues in GBS here (and I have a short version this week on the Washington Legal Foundation’s website). Fred von Lohmann at the Electronic Frontier Foundation has a nice update post on GBS. (And if you want more on ASCAP and BMI, you might try this.) Google itself explains the benefits of the deal today on its Public Policy Blog.
3. Finally, I will be attending a symposium next week at George Mason on Online Markets v. Traditional Markets. I will be discussing “The Mediated Book.”