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The US Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by the Authors Guild and other writers, ending a case in which the guild had challenged Google's wholesale scanning of books for which they did not own the copyright. In letting stand the lower Second US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, the justices essentially condoned what the Authors Guild called "an unprecedented judicial expansion of the 'fair-use' doctrine." The ruling opens the door for anyone, from students to other large-scale preservation or information projects, to scan books under copyright and make them freely available, as long as it fits the "fair use" conditions.
A US federal appeals court has begun the discussion of whether plaintiffs in the Google e-book digitization project lawsuit should proceed as a class, or as individuals. The Authors Guild is claiming that the Google Books project is, in essence, copyright infringement on a massive scale -- and believes that a class of plaintiffs would squeeze more money out of the search engine giant more efficiently than separate suits, judged on individual merits.
Amazon has received criticism over its attempts to register new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), in complaints sent to ICANN. The Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers, and competitor Barnes & Noble have all objected to applications for the suffixes .book, .author, and .read, citing the potential abuse of Amazon's market position in using the new domain endings.
The Authors Guild has been dealt a second blow in one week in its legal fight with Google over book scanning. Just days after Google settled with a group of publishers ending one aspect of the battle, Federal Judge Harold Baer of the Southern District of New York has ruled that libraries who have given Google books to scan are protected by the "fair use" doctrine in US copyright law.
US District Court Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, presiding over the Apple e-books pricing settlement case, has granted amici curiae, or friends of the court, status to two opposing parties. Writer's advocacy organization The Authors Guild and licensing expert Bob Kohn have been given permission to file an amicus brief with the court, decrying the proposed settlement, and pointing out what they see as flaws in the Department of Justice's arguments.
The group of authors suing Google over the search engine's book digitization project has asked a US Federal District Court in New York to force payment of $750 per book it scanned for distribution. The Authors Guild spearheading the suit, led by president Scott Turow, argues that Google's effort does not constitute "fair use" under copyright law.
Search engine giant Google is seeking to have the Authors Guild and the American Society of Media Photographers removed from a half-decade-long lawsuit. In a process that began in February, Google attorney Daralyn Durie informed Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan federal court that authors and photographers would have better individual results on their own. Joanne Zack, the Authors Guild lawyer for the case, contested Google's claim. Judge Chin did not rule today on Google's petition.
Apple after silence through the past two days responded Thursday to the Department of Justice lawsuit over alleged e-book pricing collusion. Spokesman Tom Neumayr flatly rejected the accusations when asked for comment by AllThingsD, recapping the company's objections to the European Union that the iBookstore was beneficial as it was created. The iPad-focused store kept Amazon from having excessive control and improved e-books themselves, Neumayr said, pointing out that the move beyond the Kindle format also upgraded books themselves.
Google is continuing to fight the Authors Guild in a lawsuit aimed at Google Books. After asking the court to remove the Authors Guild from the case, the search giant has submitted another filing that argues against class certification that is necessary to push the case forward as a class action suit on behalf of all copyright owners.
Google late Thursday put out a motion to toss associations from the publisher lawsuit targeting Google's proposal to get rights for Google Books. The search giant asked the judge to limit the lawsuit only to those who actually owned copyrights, ruling out groups like the Author's Guild as well as some individual authors and even photographers. The step would significantly limit the ability of the remaining groups to contest the case.