NY judge grants class status in Google book fight

Jun 01, 2012 by LARRY NEUMEISTER

(AP) — A federal judge in New York has granted class certification to authors challenging Internet search leader Google over its plans for the world's largest digital library.

Judge Denny Chin ruled in a written decision Thursday that class action is "more efficient and effective than requiring thousands of to sue individually." He says requiring each author to sue Google Inc. would risk disparate results in nearly identical lawsuits and exponentially increase the cost of litigation.

The Authors Guild had sought class certification. Google already has scanned more than 20 million books for the project. The rejected Google's attempt to toss The Authors Guild from the case.

Mountain View, California-based Google said in a statement Thursday that it's "confident that is fully compliant with copyright law."

Explore further: After a decade online, YouTube is redefining celebrity

0 shares

Related Stories

Google wants authors group out of NY library case

May 03, 2012

(AP) -- Google Inc. urged a judge Thursday to toss The Authors Guild and an organization representing photographers out of 6-year-old litigation over the future of the world's largest digital library, a move that would force ...

Google given more time to reach book settlement

Jun 01, 2011

A US judge on Wednesday allowed Google and US authors and publishers more time to seek a new settlement over the Internet giant's plan to create a massive online library and bookstore.

Google books hearing set for February 18

Nov 20, 2009

A US judge set February 18 for a hearing on the revised legal settlement between Google and US authors and publishers that would allow the Internet giant to scan and sell millions of books online.

Recommended for you

ICANN chief stepping down in early 2016

May 21, 2015

The head of the group that oversees all Internet addresses will step down early next year, after a plan to end US oversight of the key nonprofit organization.

How alternative currencies could catch on and cash in

May 21, 2015

Alternatives to cash, like Bitcoin and Uber, may never replace the coins in our pockets or paper bills in our wallets, but they are creating significant social and economic impacts, and with some design adjustments, ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.