Settlement over Google Books looks shaky

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Library groups are urging “rigorous oversight” of Google’s agreement with authors and publishers that would allow it to put millions of books online.

Google reached an agreement last year with the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers to pursue the project. The lawsuit settlement It is awaiting a judge’s approval.

The American Library Association and Association of Research Libraries say they’re concerned Google will not safeguard readers’ privacy, and are worried Google would be the only online source for many books and academic journals.

Guest: Ryan Singel, Wired.com

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