Friday, June 1, 2012

Scott Turow on Authors Guild Lawsuit against Google

One Big Step Closer to Justice for US Authors

Authors Guild Blog: Here it is at our blog.

Our book-scanning lawsuit against Google cleared a major hurdle today, as Judge Denny Chin certified the class of U.S. authors. A copy of the decision is here.
"We're one big step closer to justice being done for U.S. authors," said Authors Guild president Scott Turow.
The class of authors includes all U.S. authors and their heirs with a copyright interest in books scanned by Google as part of its Library Project. Google has scanned 12 million books in that project, the majority of which are believed to be protected by copyright. Books from all over the world were copied, but U.S. works predominate.
Google's liability for copyright infringement has not yet been determined by the court. Google's primary defense to infringement is that its actions are protected by fair use. Judge Chin is scheduled to hear summary judgment motions on the case in September.
If Google is found liable for infringement, copyright law prescribes statutory damages for willful infringement of not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work.


Ørjan Johansen said...

Maybe it is because I am not an author, but I find your support for this case so weird compared to everything else you say - I feel that freedom of information would be supporting global consciousness, and digitizing all paper books would seem essential to that. In a few years books that haven't been converted to being accessable via the Internet might just as well not exist...

Rose Rosetree said...

Hi, Penney Peirce:

I have been a long-time fan of yours, so that needs to be said first thing. :-)

Today, a friend send me a link here. Thanks for the update.

When I asked Google to remove some of my titles, my Google standings in my main areas (empath, aura reading, face reading) crashed through the floor.

It's tricky, messing with Google.

Speaking of love/loathe relationships, do you have any experience with the more problematic side of Amazon?

If so, you might enjoy this post from my blog: Why Amazon Marketplace “new” books are a bad bargain. Link is:

Sending you best wishes, huge admiration,

Rose Rosetree