Is Google book deal a threat to privacy?
October 7 is shaping up to be a big day for bookworms. On that day, a federal judge is expected to rule on a proposed agreement between Google and book publishers and authorsthat has been called the “most significant book industry development in the modern era” by Berkeley Professor Pamela Samuelson. If the settlement is approved, Google will gain the rights to scan and index tens of millions of currently books to which it currently lacks access, and upload them to its Google Books site. In exchange, Google will make a lump sum payment to authors and share its future book search revenues with them.8/20/2009