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Google books case update

Written by Paul Bicknell on 14 September 2009

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Google has been in the process of digitalising the world's books into one online library but it has come under criticism from competitors that this digitalisation would grant Google a monopoly.

Google have scanned in more than 10 million books.

It has been reported that Google will allow its competitors to re-sell its books from its digital library

The Times online have reported that under a: "proposed settlement, Google will establish an independent Books Rights Registry in the US that will provide revenue from sales and advertising to authors and publishers. The settlement, described as the biggest copyright licensing deal in history, was agreed after publishers and authors objected to Google's scanning of books for an online search service without permission. Rival companies, regulators and campaigners have complained of antitrust concerns, infringed copyrights and privacy problems".

<http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article6830047.ece>

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