The American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries have implored that a federal judge to pay special attention to the class-action settlement between Google,authors and publishers in the Google Book Search controversy.
In a court filling the three groups asked Judge Denny Chin of Federal District Court to provide continued oversight of the settlement, as a measure to ensure that the pricing Google charges for subscriptions to its digital library are not too high from lack of competition. Google Book Search is the only tool of its kind so far, a natural monopoly, and the company has set up alliances.
The groups have also voiced their concern to Judge Chin regarding the privacy of readers of the online books. Google has repeatedly stated that it will place the privacy of users foremost. Google, the Author’s Guild and the Association of American Publishers maintain their stance that the deal is beneficial for authors, publishers as well as the public. Google has assured all parties that Google Book Search will not prevent competition.
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