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U.S. Inquiry Is Confirmed Into Google Books Deal [nytimes.com]
In a letter to the federal judge charged with reviewing the settlement, the Justice Department said it was reviewing concerns that the agreement could violate the Sherman Antitrust Act.
[edited by: Marcia at 4:51 am (utc) on July 6, 2009]
Sherman Antitrust Act [en.wikipedia.org]
The Sherman Act was not specifically intended to prevent the dominance of an industry by a specific company, despite misconceptions to the contrary. According to Senator George Hoar, an author of the bill, any company that "got the whole business because nobody could do it as well as he could" would not be in violation of the act.
Question for Google: Why are you doing it?
What could Google say? Because we can!
If others can't it's their loss. It isn't anti-competitive, it's anti-capability.
IMHO: Case closed.