A proposed settlement among Google Inc., the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers over Google's extensive book-scanning project faces growing scrutiny--and new fears that the deal could give Google too much power over future access to digital texts.

The Justice Department is reviewing whether Google's settlement violates antitrust laws, and several library groups, authors, and campus researchers have filed a series of concerns with the federal judge overseeing the settlement.

Under the Google Print Library Project, snippets from millions of out-of-print but copyright-protected books have been indexed online by the University of Michigan and other libraries. Google has called the


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