Summary of Antitrust Lawsuit: SkyRiver & Innovative Interfaces v. OCLC

On July 28, 2010, SkyRiver Technology Solutions joined with Innovative Interfaces to file suit in San Francisco federal court against OCLC Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) alleging numerous anticompetitive business practices and antitrust violations. SkyRiver, a bibliographic services company, and Innovative Interfaces, a library automation company, claim that OCLC is "unlawfully monopolizing the bibliographic data, cataloguing service and interlibrary lending markets and is attempting to monopolize the market for integrated library systems by anticompetitive and exclusionary agreements, policies and practices." (p. 1) The outcome of the lawsuit could have significant impact on the library software and technology services industry by opening up OCLC's services, such as WorldCat, to use by commercial competitors. ARL members have asked for a review of the current state of the suit.

pdf skyriver-oclc-antitrust29nov10.pdf


Letter to William F. Cavanaugh re: Google Library Project Settlement (Dec. 15, 2009)

The American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries (the Library Associations) write to follow-up on our May 27, 2009 meeting with Antitrust Division staff concerning the proposed settlement of the Google Library Project litigation.

pdf lt-gbs-cavanaugh15dec09.pdf


Letter to Department of Justice Regarding Wiley and Sons Acquisition of Blackwell Publishing

John Wiley and Sons announced an agreement to acquire Blackwell Publishing. As members of the Information Access Alliance, we are deeply concerned that this transaction will exacerbate market dysfunctions and result in further reduction in access to critical research information that fuels the entire higher education and research enterprise. We urge the Department of Justice to challenge this proposed sale.

pdf iaa-doj-wiley-nov2006.pdf


Statement by Thomas Susman on Behalf of IAA re: Hearings on Single-Firm Anticompetitive Conduct

This statement is presented to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (the Agencies) on behalf of the Information Access Alliance (IAA).

pdf iaa-doj-ftc-nov2006.pdf


Membership Meeting 2005 (Spring): Antitrust Issues in Scholarly & Legal Publishing: The Anticompetitive Implications of Bundling & the Conditions Set by Large STM Publishers [highlights]

This discussion considered the emerging landscape of publisher business practices, legal options, and alternatives such as more effective negotiation practices.

pdf mm05sp-antitrust-summary.pdf


Information Access Alliance Will Continue to Push for Revised Analysis of Cinven and Candover Purchase of BertelsmannSpringer

The Information Access Alliance (IAA), a group of seven library organizations, will continue to push for revised analysis of publisher mergers despite the recent announcement that the Department of Justice has approved the sale of BertelsmannSpringer to Cinven and Candover. The Alliance is concerned that mergers of this sort will bring about a reduction in access to critical research information due to the heightened journal costs that result.

pdf iaa-doj-springer-sep2003.pdf


Information Access Alliance Releases White Paper and Launches Website

The Information Access Alliance, a coalition of six leading library organizations in North America, has published a white paper that examines the impact of mergers among scholarly and legal publishers and calls for a new standard of antitrust review of merger transactions in this industry by antitrust enforcement agencies.

pdf iaa-paper-site-july2003.pdf


Information Access Alliance Letter to Commission of European Communities Regarding Cinven and Candover Purchase of BertelsmannSpringer

Bertelsmann AG recently announced its intent to sell BertelsmannSpringer, a publisher of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journals, to Cinven and Candover, a partnership of UK-based private equity firms. We are writing to you on behalf of the Information Access Alliance, a coalition of six leading library organizations in North America that serve institutions engaged in research, education, law, and health care. We are deeply concerned that this development in the global STM market will lead to a further reduction in access to critical research information worldwide. We urge the European Commission, as we have urged the U.S. Department of Justice, to challenge the proposed sale.

pdf iaa-ec-july2003.pdf


Publisher Mergers: A Consumer-Based Approach to Antitrust Analysis

In this paper, the Information Access Alliance (Alliance) describes the issues that have emerged as the industry has become increasingly concentrated and advocates for a new standard of antitrust review that we urge be adopted by state and federal antitrust enforcement agencies in examining merger transactions in the serials publishing industry.

pdf iaa-publisher-mergers-jun03.pdf

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