Google, Publishers Settle Digital Book Dispute

Google and the Association of American Publishers have ended a seven-year legal battle over the digitizing of books for the Google Library project.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And now for another chapter in the collision between digital media and old-style books.

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Catching up on some news, here: After seven years of litigation, late last week, Google and the Association of American Publishers reached an out-of-court settlement involving books digitized for Google's Library project. The Google project is the company's effort to make books - especially those out of print - freely available online. That led to conflict with book publishers who have viewed this as an infringement of copyright.

MONTAGNE: Details of the settlement weren't disclosed, but Google said it allows the company to focus on adding to the number of books available on the Internet. Google is still facing a separate class action law suit from the Authors Guild, also over copyright infringement.

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