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Comment Scroogle is back to normal (Score 1) 281

Scroogle is back. Thanks to the help from three Scroogle users, I learned that there is a way to access that same simple interface with an extra parameter in the URL by using (that param is &output=ie), instead of through the former static page without the extra parameter. It appears that both methods amount to the same thing.

I apologize for the title, "Scroogle has been blocked." It was in an old template, afterwhich the program went on to read a current text file. In the future it will read, "Scroogle is having problems with Google." We were IP blocked by Google more than once a couple years ago, but not all of our servers were blocked at the same time and we rerouted traffic, so no one noticed. We got those blocks lifted by Google within a few days.

-- Daniel Brandt, Scroogle programmer and sysadmin; president of nonprofit public charity Public Information Resarch, Inc., owner of

Comment It started at the University of Michigan (Score 1) 3

The Justice Department should also send a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) to the University of Michigan. It's a public University, but all negotiations with Google were subject to nondisclosure requirements. That's the place where Google's book-grabbing arrogance, and the acquiescence by public-sector librarians, began in 2004. It took a freedom of information request under Michigan state law to even get a copy of the contract out of the University. In it, we learned that Google indemnified the University against all legal threats that may arise from the University's agreement to hand over all their copyrighted books to Google's scanners. Google now claims that the Settlement in nonexclusive, but that's only true if you have billions in the bank and can make the sorts of guarantees that Google made to the University of Michigan. You can read about this at


Submission + - SPAM: DOJ Turns Up the Heat on Google's Book Deal 3

narramissic writes: "It appears that after its initial review of a deal that would settle a lawsuit publishers and authors filed against Google over the latter's book search engine, the DOJ is leaning toward challenging the proposed settlement. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported late Tuesday that the DOJ is now sending civil investigative demands (CIDs) to organizations involved in the deals, a more formal approach than its initial information-gathering efforts. But Authors Guild Executive Director Paul Aiken said the fact that the DOJ is reviewing the proposed settlement isn't surprising, considering Google is involved: 'Any big deal that involves Google is going to get a look from the Justice Department.'"
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