Google's Digital Book Settlement Comes Under Fire by DOJ

Since 2005, search giant Google (GOOG) has been maneuvering its way toward a big prize: the right to make millions of books, both in and out of copyright, available digitally online. That ambitious plan ran into an immediate roadblock when the Authors Guild cried foul: If you want to use the books, it asserted, the authors have to get a piece of the action.

A lawsuit ensued, but eventually, in October 2008, a settlement was reached. Then in September 2009, with the agreement nearing final approval, the Justice Department jumped in, requesting a host of changes. The parties came back with an amended settlement agreement, and it looked like Google's digital library was at last on course to becoming a reality.