Three library associations have asked the Justice Department to oversee Google’s plans to create a massive digital library to prevent an excessively high price for institutional subscriptions, Reuters reports. The American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries said there was unlikely to be an effective competitor to Google’s massive project in the near term. They asked the government to urge the court to use its oversight authority to prevent abusive pricing of the online book project. "The United States should carefully monitor implementation of the settlement, including the pricing of the institutional subscription," the library organizations said in their letter, which was dated Dec. 15 but released on Dec. 17. Google’s plan to digitize millions of books spawned a lawsuit in 2005 brought by authors and publishers who accused Google of copyright infringement for scanning libraries of books. The parties have settled that lawsuit and last month submitted a revised agreement aimed at answering antitrust and copyright concerns raised by the Justice Department. There will be a fairness hearing on the amended settlement, which must be approved by a court, on Feb. 18…

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