Google Books settlement to face judge today

Google's controversial Google Book Search settlement with authors and publishers will finally get its day in court today.

Google, the Authors Guild and American Publishers Association will defend their $125 million settlement to allow Google to scan and index millions of titles, a service they say holds great societal benefits by making literature available to the masses online. But opponents, including civil rights groups and authors and publishers that are not part of the settlement, say the agreement gives Google too much control over the distribution of literary works and does not include sufficient privacy safeguards.

The Justice Department has twice urged the court to reject the proposed settlement.

Arguments start at 10 a.m. in New York City. We'll be covering the hearing from afar, but will bring you updates throughout the day.