Visual artists are up in arms over Google's plans to digitise millions of library books, saying this would amount to copyright infringement.
The American Sociery of Media Photographers and some other visual art organisations say they will launch a class action suit against Google.
The news comes as Google is trying to settle a dispute with book authors and publishers over the same project.
In the 2005 lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, Google has agreed to a $125-million settlement that, if approved, will allow it to digitise and sell out-of-print books. However, the settlement excludes photographs and other visual arts.
Now, the visual artists say their intellectual proerty rights are also being infringed.