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Google Attends EU Hearing Regarding Book Deal

Search giant Google today is attending a hearing arranged by the European Commission. Bloomberg reports that today's hearing will hear comments about how Google's deal with U.S. author's and publishers will affect the 27 member states of the European Union.

Already facing scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice, Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo! and Germany, the Google Books deal with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers will see millions of out of print but in copyright books digitized.

Forbes reports that Google at the hearing sought to assure European copyright holders that the deal wouldn't infringe their rights. The company says it wrote to several national publisher associations "to clarify that books that are commercially available in Europe will be treated as commercially available under the settlement."

Check out the full story on Forbes.