November 26, 2015

New Court Filing: “Google Opposes Authors Guild’s Attempt To Revive Book-Digitization Fight”

UPDATE (July 11) Library Copyright Alliance (ALA, ARL, and ACRL) Files Amicus Brief in Authors Guild v. Google Appeal (39 pages; PDF)
The brief was written by Jonathan Band.

From Media Post:

The authors who are suing Google for digitizing their books haven’t been harmed by the company’s initiative, Google argues in new court papers.

“Like a paper index, bibliography, or card catalog — but far more helpfully — Google Books enables users to find books of interest but does not substitute for obtaining them elsewhere and reading them,” the company says in a brief filed late last week with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. “Google Books does not displace book purchases or diminish incentives for authors to advance human knowledge by creating new works; to the contrary, it benefits authors by enabling readers to find books and by fostering the advance of knowledge and scholarship.”


The Authors Guild is appealing to the 2nd Circuit, where it argues that Google “lured potential book buyers away from online bookstores and provided no compensation to rightsholders for Google’s revenue-generating uses of their books.”

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Brief Filed by Google in Authors Guild vs. Google (Appeal) by LJ’s infoDOCKET

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