Google settle $125 million “Book scan case”

Google’s settlement of a three-year old lawsuit challenging its Book Search program, which scans books and make portions available online, creates a new revenue stream for authors and publishers (and itself) — but the financial benefits are dwarfed by the clear field the company now has to complete an ambitious program to create a global digital library.

Google agreed to pay $125 million to settle lawsuits by authors and publishers who sued to stop the company from digitizing out-of-print — but copyrighted — material. Under Book Search it has already scanned some 7 million books and estimates there are 20 million more that would qualify

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