Google Books Decision On The Horizon

January 28, 2010

(ChattahBox) – A court decision is looming closer as the deadline for complaints over a Google digital library draws near.

Google originally created an extensive library in 2004, which led to a major lawsuit by the Authors Guild of America and Association of American Publishers for copyright infringement.

After paying out a whopping $125 million in reparations, Google went back to the drawing board and put together a plan for a voluntary system.

Their library would allow authors to bring their books to Google, which would then be scanned and a portion of proceeds given to the writer.

A court is set to decide whether it should be allowed, and concerned publishers and writers have until January 28th to file a complaint with the New York court.

Amazon has made an official complaint, saying that allowing Google such sweeping rights to create a digital library would create a monopoly.

However, it will likely become less a matter of monopolizing on the idea, and more about the full permissions of authors for the publication of scanned copies of books.

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