The Authors Guild filed an amended complaint on Thursday, October 6, in its suit against HathiTrust, the University of Michigan, and four other universities which alleges the universities engaged “in one of the largest copyright infringements in history.” A number of additional authors and authors groups have joined the suit, and offered some harsh words about the HathiTrust project.
The U.K. Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, the Norwegian Nonfiction Writers and Translators Association, the Swedish Writers Union, The Writers’ Union of Canada, and four individual authors are among the new plaintiffs in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust.
Individual authors joining the lawsuit include University of Oslo professor Helge Rønning, Swedish novelist Erik Grundström, and American novelist J. R. Salamanca. The Authors League Fund, a 94-year-old organization supported by Authors Guild members that provides charitable assistance to book authors and dramatists, is also now a plaintiff.
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