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Google in talks with authors, publishers

Groups sued Google over its proposed digital library

Google Inc. is currently in talks with author and publisher groups about resolving the copyright infringement lawsuit the groups brought against the Internet giant.

The Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild filed suit against Google in 2005 over its proposed digital library. They claim by creating the library, Google infringed on the copyrights of hundreds of publishers and authors. Although in 2008, the two parties reached a $125 million settlement agreement, Federal Judge Denny Chin rejected it and earlier this year set a new hearing date for yesterday.

At that hearing, Google lawyers said the parties were still in discussions. Judge Chin set a schedule for all parties to file summary judgment motions and for the case to go to trial, if an acceptable deal is not reached.

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