U.S. Justice Department advised a federal judge Friday that a proposed
legal settlement giving Google Inc. the digital rights to millions of
out-of-print books threatens to thwart competition and drive up prices
unless it's revised.
While other critics such as Google rivals Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft
Corp. also have objected in recent weeks, the Justice Department's
opinion presumably will carry more weight with [Judge] Chin. His approval is
needed before the $125 million settlement can take effect, a hurdle
that could be more difficult to clear with the Justice Department's
assertion that the agreement would violate several laws.
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