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Appeals court rules HathiTrust book scanning is fair use

By Chris Meadows
June 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

Ars Technica reports that the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the HathiTrust case, the legal sibling to the Google Books lawsuit. HathiTrust is the organization of university libraries that provided books to Google for scanning purposes in return for receiving copies for themselves. A [...]

In Google Books appeal, Authors Guild decries Google’s impact on Amazon sales

By Chris Meadows
April 12, 2014 // 5 Comments

The Authors Guild is appealing Google’s November fair use win in its Google Book scanning case. The Guild says that Google is “yanking readers out of online bookstores” and stifling online bookstore competition with its digitized books. "Google emptied the shelves of libraries and [...]

Judge Chin dismisses suit over Google Books mass scanning as fair use, setting stage for appeal

By libertyc
November 14, 2013 // 1 Comment

Juli already mentioned the big news of the day: Google has prevailed in the Authors Guild’s copyright case against it for scanning millions of books for its Google Books project. Judge Chin determined that Google Books constituted a fair use, granted Google’s motion for a summary judgment, and [...]

Google makes case for Google Books scanning as ‘transformative’ fair use

By libertyc
August 28, 2013 // 14 Comments

Is Google’s book scanning practice “transformative”? Google argues that it is, the Authors Guild argues that it isn’t, This could be an important part of determining whether Google scanning all those books in violation of copyright could be considered a “fair use.” It follows on the [...]

The Internet Archive’s Open Library is violating authors’ copyrights

By libertyc
July 10, 2013 // 21 Comments

Open Library is a project of Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive. We’ve written about Kahle, the Archive, and Open Library a few times, including some times I’d forgotten about. Kahle’s Internet Archive was first founded as a way to keep a historical record of the ever-changing Internet for [...]

Google Books appeals court ruling denies Authors Guild class action status, demands ruling on fair use

By libertyc
July 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Hey, remember the big e-book trial? No, not that one, the other one. The latest news to come out of the courts about the big Authors Guild vs Google case is that the Second Court of Appeals has sided with Google in putting a hold on Judge Chin’s decision that the Authors Guild could have [...]

Google appeals class action certification in Google Books case

By libertyc
November 12, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Google Books lawsuit proceeds apace. paidContent and CNet report that, in Google’s latest filing, the search giant is appealing the court’s decision to certify class action status for the Authors Guild. Google argues that the majority of writers actually approve of its scanning (58% [...]

Digital Public Library of America faces uncertainty over functions, copyright

By libertyc
June 10, 2012 // 2 Comments

On MIT’s Technology Review, Nicholas Carr takes an in-depth look at the creation of the Digital Public Library of America, an attempt at a non-commercial universal electronic library (which I also mentioned last month) that hopes to provide universal access to as much of human knowledge as it [...]

Google moves forward with lawsuit dismissal requests

By libertyc
December 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

Ars Technica has a look at the current filings and legal strategies in the Google Books case. There are three current cases against Google—two 2005 cases involving publishers and authors, which are the ones involved in the settlement that failed after four years of work, and one in 2010 from [...]

Impatient Google Books judge sets firm settlement deadline

By libertyc
July 19, 2011 // 2 Comments

Denny Chin, the judge in the Authors Guild versus Google Books case, seems to be getting more and more frustrated the longer this six-year-old case drags on. In the latest hearing on the matter today, he set a firm deadline of September 15th for all parties involved to come up with a new [...]

Google Video decision suggests books might not be safe either

By libertyc
April 28, 2011 // 3 Comments

A couple of days ago, Simon Barron at the Guardian posted a piece that claimed “Google can’t be trusted with our books,” because the company decided out of the blue to shut down Google Videos and pitch all user-uploaded content on the site in order to focus more on its search. A public outcry [...]

Tim O’Reilly interviewed on piracy and the future of publishing

By libertyc
March 27, 2011 // 1 Comment

Forbes has a very interesting three-page interview with Tim O’Reilly in which he discusses a number of things about piracy, the e-book market, and the future of publishing. Back in 2002, O’Reilly described piracy as “progressive taxation” on fame, and has been quoted in defenses of piracy [...]

Unshelved at the celestial library: The Last Ghost vs. Edge of Time

By libertyc
December 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

I’ve been distracted for the last few days. A story idea got into my head for one of the Internet fiction series I contribute to occasionally, and it’s been hard to concentrate on anything else until I could get it out of my head. Unfortunately, I’m still not happy with the end results. [...]

Google Editions e-book store, Chrome Web Store rumored to launch by year’s end

By libertyc
December 1, 2010 // 3 Comments

The Wall Street Journal reports that unnamed “people close to the company” say that Google will launch its new Google Editions e-book store by the end of the year. The store had been delayed from an anticipated summer launch date by technical and legal matters, but the Journal’s sources say [...]

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