Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Libraries support $125 million Google Books Search settlement, whisper concerns

Libraries Ask Judge to Monitor Books Settlement
The New York Times, May 4, 2009
By Miguel Helft

Three groups representing libraries, including the American Library Association, the largest such group in the United States, have asked a federal judge to exercise “vigorous oversight” over a class-action settlement between Google, authors and publishers.

The two other groups are the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries. The groups did not oppose the settlement, but in a court filing they asked Judge Denny Chin of Federal District Court to provide continuing oversight of it, to ensure that the prices Google charges for subscriptions to its digital library aren’t artificially high because of a lack of competition. They have also asked Judge Chin to ensure that the privacy of readers of books made available online by Google is protected.

Read the entire article in The New York Times.

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