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Google Books has been a saviour to students and ordinary citizens alike for years, but has not been met without great controversy over issues of copyright and intellectual property rights.
Many groups and individuals have attempted to bring legal action against Google for their use of widespread "snippets of copyrighted work" and "massive copyright infringement".
One of the major issues is, while Google in some cases provides no content available in books, it has scanned and made searchable millions of books for which many argue it has no right to do so.
Only recently, three top French publishers say they will sue Google for scanning and applying search technologies to their books and content "without permission".