Report: “Google’s Book Project Harms Freelance Writers, Group Tells Supreme Court”
From Media Post:
Google’s book search feature, which displays snippets of published works, has a “real-life impact” on writers’ ability to earn a living, according to the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
That group argues in a new court papers that the snippet-view feature “produces market harm and actual damage.”
The ASJA, which represents around 1,200 freelance writers, makes the argument in new court papers backing the Authors Guild in its long-running fight with Google over its book digitization project. The ASJA contends in a friend-of-the-court brief that some people are reading Google’s snippets instead of purchasing books.
UPDATE: Full Text of Seven Amicus Briefs Filed with U.S. Supreme Court
- Authors Malcolm Gladwell, J.M. Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin, Stephen Sondheim, Peter Carey, Thomas Keneally, Tony Kushner, Diane Mcwhorter, Taylor Branch, Tracy Chevalier, Douglas Wright, Michael Frayn, Richard Flanagan, Tracy Kidder, Marsha Norman, And Yann Martel
- Text and Academic Authors Association, Western Writers of America, Inc., The National Association Of Science Writers, Inc. and The Dramatists Guild
- International Authors Forum (IAF), International Publishers Association (IPA), And International Association Of Scientific, Technical And Medical Publishers (STM)
- Copyright Clearance Center, Inc., The International Federation Of Reproduction Rights Organisations, and Marybeth Peters
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.