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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Authors Guild Sues Google Over Google Print Program

The Authors Guild is suing Google over its Google Print program, charging that the company hasn't asked its members for permission in advance to include their works. According to the Guild's press release, 'Through its Library program, Google is reproducing works still under the protection of copyright as well as public domain works from the collection of the University of Michigan's library. “This is a plain and brazen violation of copyright law,” said Authors Guild president Nick Taylor. “It's not up to Google or anyone other than the authors, the rightful owners of these copyrights, to decide whether and how their works will be copied.”....Google has agreements with four academic libraries -- those of Stanford, Harvard, Oxford and the University of Michigan -- and with the New York Public Library to create digital copies of substantial parts of their collections and to make those collections available for searching online. Google has not sought the approval of the authors of these works for this program."

The Guild seeks damages and an injunction. Google says its program complies with the "fair use" provision of the Copyright Act. Read more in an article by Nancy Gohring here,  listen to an NPR story here, see a news24.com story here, and visit the Authors Guild website to see its press release here.

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