5 Oct 2012

Google and publishers agree settlement

4:23 pm on 5 October 2012

After seven years of litigation, Google and a group of publishers have agreed to a settlement over making digital copies of books.

Google has scanned some 20 million books in conjunction with major libraries around the world.

Publishers and authors who contended that Google violated copyright laws when it failed to seek their permission, Reuters reports.

Google and the Association of American Publishers now say publishers can decide whether they want their books made available through Google or not.