Google books deal, Sep. 2009
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The DOJ asked a federal court to block a landmark settlement between Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers because of antitrust and copyright concerns. The deal, which would have settled litigation over Google's plan to digitize books from major libraries, would have given the company "de facto exclusive rights for the digital distribution" of millions of books, the DOJ said. In March 2011, the federal court rejected the $125 million settlement, citing opposition from the DOJ and others.

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