8 years after Google starts to scan books, Author's Guild asks judge to shutter the program and let Congress decide

BookBrowse News - The Full Story

8 years after Google starts to scan books, Author's Guild asks judge to shutter the program and let Congress decide

Sep 17 2013

In its final brief before oral arguments, the Authors Guild this week closed by imploring Judge Denny Chin to shoot down Google's book scanning program, and let Congress ask questions later.

"The fair use doctrine is not designed to address the enormity of Google's infringement," Authors Guild attorneys argue, calling the legality of the book scanning program "a cutting edge" technological issue best left to Congress to address. "Until Congress addresses these critically important issues, courts must defer to the choices already made by Congress," the brief argues, and Chin should reject "Google's unilateral and profit-driven effort to upset the established balance between copyright owners and users."

"The Authors Guild has an an uphill fight with the 'leave it to Congress' argument," observes James Girmmelmann, professor of law at the University of Maryland. "That's an argument in favor of the status quo, because it asks judges to step back and keep things as they are until Congress can make any needed changes. But eight years into the case, the Google Books program is the status quo. By not asking for a preliminary injunction, and by pursuing the settlement, and by litigating at a leisurely pace in general, the Guild has missed that opportunity."

More News Stories

Support BookBrowse

Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten!

Join Today!

Award Winners

  • Book Jacket: La Belle Sauvage
    La Belle Sauvage
    by Philip Pullman
    Voted 2017 Best Young Adult Novel by BookBrowse's Subscribers

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect ...
  • Book Jacket: Killers of the Flower Moon
    Killers of the Flower Moon
    by David Grann
    Voted 2017 Best Nonfiction by BookBrowse's Subscribers

    The long, sorrowful list of injustices done ...
  • Book Jacket: The Dry
    The Dry
    by Jane Harper
    Voted 2017 Best Debut Novel by BookBrowse's Subscribers

    After receiving a letter from his childhood...
  • Book Jacket: Little Fires Everywhere
    Little Fires Everywhere
    by Celeste Ng
    Voted 2017 Best Fiction by BookBrowse's Subscribers

    Small towns, big drama. Acclaimed author ...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

At once a love story, a history lesson and a beautifully written tale of forgiveness.

About the book
Join the discussion!

First Impressions

  • Book Jacket

    The Story of Arthur Truluv
    by Elizabeth Berg

    An emotionally powerful novel from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg.
    Reader Reviews

Win this book!
Win Autumn

Autumn by Ali Smith

One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, and a Man Booker Prize Finalist

Enter

Word Play

The Big Holiday Wordplay: $400+ in Prizes

Enter Now

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.