Authors Guild: Google must not be permitted to build its financial empire off the backs of authors

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Authors Guild: Google must not be permitted to build its financial empire off the backs of authors

Apr 14 2014

Late Friday afternoon, the Authors Guild filed its appeal in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Google, asking the appellate court to reverse a lower court’s ruling that granted summary judgment to Google, while denying the Guild’s request for partial summary judgment. The suit stems from Google’s scanning of in-copyright books without permission of authors as part of its Library Project. In its appeal, the Guild hammers away on the fact that the Library Project was, at its a core, a commercial initiative by Google and not some altruistic plan to create a digital archive of literature. "Google must not be permitted to build its financial empire off the backs of authors," the brief states.

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