New Google book-deal settlement

Because the Justice Department says the original deal likely violates antitrust law, a $125 million settlement of a lawsuit that would give Google the right to digitize millions of out-of-print books will be renegotiated.  School of Law Professor Keith Hylton, an antitrust-law expert, says opponents may have a weak antitrust case against Google and a new settlement is a smart solution.

“The parties to the settlement probably realized that they are better off changing the terms of the settlement than spending years in court defending the original deal.”

Contact Keith Hylton, 617-353-8959, knhylton@bu.edu

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