The recent Authors Guild settlement of $250 million against Google for copyrighted materials scanned off out of print library books is just the start of Google's encroachment on author's legal rights. Under their Partnership Programs with a good number of presses they are entitled to print 20% of an author's book, ostensibly for promotional reasons. In fact, Google has in fact displayed entire books on line, in clear violation not only of the Partnership Program but the author's copyright as well. On the legitimate site, Google is openly ambitious about spreading literary by putting a million books on line, and certainly offering the classics that are in the public domain would help. But as it is, Google is making an open assault on creative rights, one where they feel that they can hop around a book, posting, for example, the first 20% for a while, then the last 20%, revealing the entire book bit by bit. Authors and their agents should take a firm line to blue-penciling the partnership program clauses out. Not only is there no evidence that undirected reading promotes authors' sales, the real danger lies in readers from film production houses who prowl this "free" material, looking for ideas and characters for good stories. Outtakes from my Spike Halleck novels ended up as scenes in the film The Fugitive and film teacher David Freeman has reams of similar reports. So, for those of us who have made and still want to make money, protect your rights. Stop Partnership Programs.