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Flurry of last-minute objections to Google book project

Microsoft, the French government, privacy advocates and other groups filed last-minute objections on Tuesday to Google's ambitious plan to scan and sell millions of books online.

Batman and Superman publisher DC Comics, the National Writers Union and the National Coalition of Authors also added their voices to the growing tide of opposition to Google's book-scanning project.

Coming out in support meanwhile was the Computer and Communications Industry communications industry, broadly defined, the business of conveying information. Although communication by means of symbols and gestures dates to the beginning of human history, the term generally refers to mass communications.  Association whose president Ed Black said it would "increase competition" and "encourage others to enter the market and compete with Google."

Google reached a class action settlement in October of last year with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (body, publication) Association of American Publishers - (AAP) A group engaged in standardisation efforts in document preparation.  (AAP AAP - Association of American Publishers ) to a copyright infringement Noun 1. copyright infringement - a violation of the rights secured by a copyright
infringement of copyright

plagiarisation, plagiarization, piracy, plagiarism - the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own
 suit they filed against the Internet powerhouse in 2005.

Under the settlement, Google agreed to pay 125 million dollars to resolve outstanding claims and establish an independent "Book Rights Registry," which will provide revenue from sales and advertising to authors and publishers who agree to digitize To convert an image or signal into digital code by scanning, tracing on a graphics tablet or using an analog to digital conversion device. 3D objects can be digitized by a device with a mechanical arm that is moved onto all the corners.  their books.

A US District Court in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 is to hold a "fairness hearing" on the settlement on October 7 and the judge set Tuesday as the final day for the filing of briefs in the case.

In addition to needing court approval, the project is also facing anti-trust scrutiny from the US Justice Department.

Germany has already registered its opposition and France followed suit on Tuesday saying the project does not conform to Verb 1. conform to - satisfy a condition or restriction; "Does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?"
fit, meet

coordinate - be co-ordinated; "These activities coordinate well"
 either "intellectual property law or to competition law and constitutes a threat to cultural diversity."

Microsoft said the proposed settlement "must be rejected."

The US software giant, which abandoned its own plans to create digital library last year, said the settlement "confers on Google a new monopoly by authorizing Google (and Google alone) to engage in the wholesale commercial exploitation of entire copyrighted books."

DC Comics, in its filing, said that "instead of respecting the interests of copyright owners, Google appears to have applied a 'copy first and negotiate later' approach."

The settlement would "essentially provide it with legal rights to precisely that which it sought to take illegally," it said.
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