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What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?

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That’s what Google dreamed of doing when it embarked on its ambitious book-digitizing project in 2002. A settlement that would have created a Book Rights Registry and made it possible to access the Google Books corpus through public-library terminals ultimately died, rejected by a federal judge in 2011. The author, a programmer named James Somer, put it like this: “Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”