Google Inc. (won a bid to delay a copyright lawsuit by the Authors Guild of America over the company’s plans to digitally scan millions of books while it appeals a decision that allows the plaintiffs to sue as a class.
U.S. Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan today granted Google’s request to stay the lower-court trial. Lohier said he wasn’t ruling on Google’s likelihood of prevailing on appeal. The Authors Guild didn’t file any opposition to Google’s request, he said in his order.
Google sought the trial delay citing “the prospect of a class-wide defeat — with a judgment of potentially billions of dollars — or a greatly diminished victory,” according to a court filing. “A stay is necessary to prevent this anomalous result,” the company said.
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