Google Settles Lawsuit Over Book Scanning for $125M

Settlement will make it easier to access out-of-print books
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2008 2:43 PM CDT
Courtney Mitchel looks over a page scan of a rare, centuries-old Bible in Ann Arbor, Mich., March 21, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Google has settled a lawsuit concerning intellectual property rights in its book-scanning initiative, Wired reports. Google will pay $125 million to authors who claimed their work was put online without their consent. The settlement also establishes a system where many out-of-print, but still copyrighted, books will be available to buy online, with 20% of the text as a free preview.