Google Book Settlement

New author advocacy group Authors Alliance seeks to counterbalance Authors Guild on fair use issues

By Chris Meadows
May 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

A group of writers and copyright experts concerned over Authors Guild overreach has formed its own new author advocacy group, the Authors Alliance, to advocate in favor of fair use of works. Publishers Weekly has a fairly long interview with one of its directors, law professor Pamela Samuelson of [...]

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 [...]

Judge Dismisses Authors' Case Against Google Books

By libertyc
November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Well, the lengthy legal battle over Google Books may be coming to a close. According to cNet, U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in New York rejected authors’ arguments against digitizing books without copyright holder permission, and he granted Google’s motion for summary judgment. [...]

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 [...]

The Apple trial, agency pricing, and The Battle of $9.99

By libertyc
June 21, 2013 // 5 Comments

So, arguments wrapped up today in the Department of Justice’s anti-trust case against Apple. Juli Monroe has already done an excellent job of pulling out some slides from the Powerpoint shows and noting what the wavy lines on the charts mean. Over on Fortune, Philip Elmer-Dewitt covers the [...]

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% [...]

After seven years, Google book scanning litigation ends

By libertyc
October 10, 2012 // 4 Comments

We were remiss in not mentioning that Google and the Association of American Publishers managed to reach a settlement last week in the controversial and long-running Google book scanning case. According to a statement released by the APP on October 4, the bottom line is this: The settlement [...]

Google files motion for summary judgment, insists Google Books is fair use, has not harmed any book sales

By libertyc
July 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

PaidContent has a copy of Google’s motion for summary judgment, and a summary of what it says. Google makes the case that its scanning of all those copyrighted books qualifies as fair use, and cites numerous examples of beneficial outcomes that have come out of the availability of that [...]

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 [...]

In Google Books suit, plaintiffs and Authors Guild can represent class, Judge Chin rules

By libertyc
May 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

Judge Denny Chin has dealt Google a setback today in the Google Books scanning lawsuit, ruling (PDF) against Google’s arguments that the Author’s Guild should not be allowed to stand in for its individual members and that the three individual plaintiffs should be denied class-action status. [...]

Authors Guild and Google continue to spar in courtroom over Google Books scanning program

By libertyc
May 5, 2012 // 2 Comments

PaidContent has a piece by Jeff John Roberts looking at the current status of the Authors Guild vs. Google court case involving Google’s actions in scanning millions of copyrighted e-books. The case is moving slowly forward with new motions presented today, that Judge Chin has promised to rule on [...]

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 [...]

Authors Guild files for class action status against Google Books

By libertyc
December 13, 2011 // 1 Comment

Google is not the only party in the Google Books lawsuits who is attempting to move forward with litigation. Publishers Weekly reports that the Authors Guild is filing to request class certification in its lawsuit against Google Books. The guild argues the class should be approved because [...]

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