The Association of American Publishers and Google have reached a settlement to end seven years of litigation over the company's book-scanning project.

The agreement settles a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Google in October 2005 by five AAP members. The settlement does not need court approval, Google and the AAP said in a joint news release.

The agreement "acknowledges" the rights and interests of copyright holders, the two sides said. U.S. publishers can choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project. Further terms of the agreement are confidential.

This settlement does not affect Google's current litigation with the Authors Guild.

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