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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Google Books: Yet Another Court Case

Leading Authors Press for Supreme Court Review of Google's Digitised Library

The web giant’s digitisation of millions of books – many in copyright – faces a fresh legal challenge, backed by authors including Margaret Atwood, Peter Carey, Ursula Le Guin and Malcolm Gladwell

Alison Flood | February 8, 2016

JM Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, Malcolm Gladwell and Peter Carey are some of the major writers throwing their weight behind the US Authors Guild’s attempt to hold Google to account for its digitisation of millions of in-copyright works.
The case dates back to 2005, when Google first began to digitise books without permission. In 2013, US circuit judge Denny Chin dismissed an authors’ lawsuit against Google, saying its scanning of the books, and the “snippets” of text it makes available to users, constituted fair use. “In my view, Google Books provide significant public benefits,” wrote Chin at the time. “Indeed, all society benefits.”

End of the Line for Google Books Lawsuit? January 6, 2016. Source:

<more at; related links: (Google Books wins case against authors over putting works online. US court rules tech company's online library 'benefits society' and would actually lead to increased sales of books. November 14, 2013) and (No. 15-849. In The Supreme Court of the United States. THE AUTHORS GUILD, ET AL., Petitioners, v. GOOGLE, INC., Respondent. On Petition For A Writ Of Certiorari. To The United States Court Of Appeals For The Second Circuit. BRIEF FOR 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, AMICI CURIAE, SUPPORTING PETITIONERS. February 1, 2016)>

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