Sony lines up with Google over Books deal

Sony will file an amicus brief in support of the Google Books settlement, while Amazon will argue against the deal.
Written by Richard Koman, Contributor

E-book readers isnt' the only domain where Sony and Amazon are going mano a mano. In a development not unreleated to the Kindle v. Digital Reader battle, Sony is lining up behind Google as a federal judge decides whether the Google Books deal should live or die.

The New York Times reports that Sony has sought permission to file an amicus brief in the case:

“Sony Electronics believes it has a unique perspective on the various ways in which the settlement will foster competition, spur innovation and create efficiencies that will substantially benefit consumers,” Jennifer B. Coplan, a lawyer with Cooley Godward Kronish, wrote in a letter to the court.

David Nimmer (of Nimmer on Copyright, "cited in more court opinions than any other treatise on the subject" crows Lexis), is seeking to file a brief on behalf of Amazon, which as a member of the Open Book Alliance, is presumably against the deal.

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