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Google Settles Book Scanning Lawsuit

Google settled the ongoing litigation relating to its library project and the scanning and indexing of books without the permission of their publishers. To date, Google had strenuously argued that it had the right under the “fair use” doctrine to put the materials on the Internet. The materials do not include entire books, but only portions of them.


Under the settlement, publishers may “opt out” of the library project. Google may display up to 20% of a book, and the Google is entitled to sell those books in its Play media store. Other terms remain confidential. However, litigation continues with the Author’s Guild, where an appeal is pending of the decision to certify the claim as a class action. 


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