November 28, 2015

“Google Says Authors Guild Lawsuit Could Shred Modern Card Catalog”

Update: We’ve embedded the full text of the court filing discussed in the article at the bottom of this post.

From The Online Examiner/Media Post:

A victory for the Authors Guild in its copyright infringement case against Google would do nothing less than destroy the “modern version of the card catalog,” the search company argues in new court papers filed this week.

“This case is about whether Google’s modern version of the card catalog — a search tool that allows anyone with access to the Internet to search among millions of books — can continue to exist,” Google says.


Google argues that the Authors Guild isn’t aligned with book authors and, therefore, shouldn’t be able to proceed with a class-action. The company has been arguing that Chin wrongly discounted a Google-commissioned survey showing that many writers approve of its decision to scan millions of books from public libraries and make them searchable. Google says that 58% of 800 surveyed authors said they approved of the book project, while 19% say they have or would benefit from it.

Read the Complete Article

Reply Brief: Authors Guild v. Google (Appeal)

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