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Judge Says Google Books Has Evil Potential

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    A federal judge is just trying to help Google do no evil.

    A judge in New York has ruled a deal between the Mountain View-based search giant and the publishing industry to allow Google to move forward with digitizing millions of books was evil.

    U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin said allowing Google to create a universal library was simply going too far.

    Google has been working for years to scan books and put them online in a project it calls Google Books.

    But academics, libraries and publishers all have raised concerns about the potential harm the project could do.

    Google tried to alleviate some of those fears by agreeing to pay $125 million to get a green light from publishing groups to move forward with the project.

    Ultimately Chin said he felt Congress should decide who is the caretaker of books everywhere instead of a private company.