In a break with the University of California’s administration, faculty leaders are raising concerns about the proposed Google Books settlement, reports the New York Times. A group of prominent faculty representatives from the university, one of Google’s earliest and closest allies in its plan to digitize books from major libraries, is the latest to raise concerns about important aspects of the high-profile class-action settlement between Google and groups representing authors and publishers. The professors include members of the university’s Academic Council, as well as the chair of the Academic Senate’s Committee on Libraries and Scholarly Communication. Their views suggest something of a break between representatives of the university’s faculty and its administration, which has endorsed the settlement. In a lengthy letter to the court where the settlement is awaiting review by a federal judge, the group questioned whether the settlement is in the interest of academic authors. Some of their concerns have been voiced by others. They include fears that Google will gain virtually exclusive rights to millions of books, allowing it to create an unrivaled digital library whose cost to universities could skyrocket over time; and concerns that the settlement doesn’t expressly protect the privacy of users of Google’s digital library. The group does not oppose the settlement, but rather suggests a number of changes to address its concerns…

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