May 23, 2022

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.

Read the Complete Article (Including Summary of the Brief Filed with the U.S. Court)

UPDATE: Bestselling Authors and Rights Organizations Support Authors Guild in Asking Supreme Court to Review Authors Guild v. Google Ruling (via Authors Guild)

UPDATE: Full Text of Seven Amicus Briefs Filed with U.S. Supreme Court

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.