Google to Subpoena Microsoft, Yahoo

Google said Friday that it plans to subpoena its search rivals Microsoft and Yahoo in order to obtain information that will help the company defend its book scanning project from a legal attack. Google was sued by both the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild, which accuse the company of copyright infringement.

Microsoft and Yahoo, meanwhile, joined up to build their own book search with an organization called the Open Content Alliance. Google is seeking details about that effort, which has raised far less ire from publishers by adopting an opt-in approach to selecting what books it scans, and thus is not being challenged in court.

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