Authors Guild asks US court to rule against Google

Apr 11, 2014

The Authors Guild says that Google Inc. is stealing business from retailers and has asked a New York federal appeals court to find that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project.

The Guild filed papers with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday. The Guild asked the to reinstate its lawsuit alleging that Google's effort to create the world's largest digital library was violating the rights of authors.

It said Google was driving potential book purchasers away from online book retailers, boosting its advertising revenues and stifling competition through its book project.

Google declined to comment on the Guild's effort to reverse a November ruling.

In November, a judge had ruled in favor of the Mountain View, Calif.-based company.

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Squirrel
5 / 5 (1) Apr 12, 2014
Perhaps the Guild should file papers against Public Libraries--I often borrow a book like many others that I would otherwise buy thus depriving Guild members of royalties.

The damage if it exists of Google Books is negligible compared to those of Public Libraries yet they are legal and the Guild does not seek that they should be shut down. Surely it is inconsistent.
Captain Stumpy
not rated yet Apr 12, 2014
Perhaps the Guild should file papers against Public Libraries--I often borrow a book like many others that I would otherwise buy thus depriving Guild members of royalties.
@Squirrel
slightly different thing-IMHO. A library purchases the book and (essentially) gives free publicity. if you go to a library and find a great book that you cannot live without, do you not purchase it? (I do ... although not all people do due to economic constraints, lots of people do)
The damage if it exists of Google Books is negligible compared to those of Public Libraries
not really... Google is not offering a purchase up front for the author, nor compensation for DL's of the material.
as my wife is an author, she loses a great deal of money every time Google lets her manuscript out and it gets copy/pasted or saved in another manner: this is essentially theft or plagiarism by proxy
perhaps if there was an offer of recompense up front by google it would be different IMHO