Thursday, May 31, 2012

Article: Authors win class status over Google books

In talking about the disposition of The Authors Guild et al v. Google Inc. and American Society of Media Photographers et al v. Google Inc., this Reuters article notes:
Thousands of authors can sue Google Inc. in a class-action lawsuit over its plan to create the world's largest digital book library, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.
This decision today comes more than a year after Judge Chin "cited antitrust and copyright concerns in rejecting a proposed comprehensive $125 million settlement, saying it went 'too far' in letting Google effectively conduct 'wholesale copying of copyrighted works without permission.'"

I'm sure more people will be writing about this and I look forward to what they have to say.

Addendum (6/5/2012): The Copyright Clearance Center has written an article on this.

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