Justice department probes Google deal with book industry


Google's (GOOG) deal with the book industry to digitize books seemed like a good one for the book industry. But authors and publishers disagreed with the search company's right to put their content online and sued Google in 2005. Google settled for $125 million and paid legal fees.

The government seems to think the deal was unfair. According toThe Wall Street Journal, "Around April, Justice officials began looking into whether the agreement violated antitrust laws." Some executives in the industry are worried that the deal will give Google "broad copyright immunity and make it difficult for competitors to enter the market for digital titles," the paper writes.