Authors Guild appeals ruling in Google Books case

The Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, September 2, 2011
The Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, September 2, 2011

The Authors Guild is appealing a US judge's decision in a long-running case that cleared legal obstacles for Google's massive book-scanning project, court documents showed Monday.

The group filed a notice of appeal in the case following a November 14 ruling by Federal Judge Denny Chin.

Arguments are to be filed at a later date with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

The guild vowed to appeal the case after Chin ruled that Google's project is "fair use" under copyright law because it provides vital educational and other public benefits.

The case, which dates back to 2005, centers on a Google program started in 2004 to create an electronic database of books that could be searchable by keywords.

Google has scanned more than 20 million books so far in the project. Books in the public domain—without current copyrights—are made available online to the public for free. For copyrighted books, Google offers a searchable database that displays snippets of text.

Google has long argued that its program is in compliance with and acts like a "card catalog for the digital age."


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Dec 31, 2013
There should be no barriers or obstacles to education. Because (fear) + (ignorance) --> (war) + (poverty)

Dec 31, 2013
There should be no barriers or obstacles to education. Because (fear) + (ignorance) --> (war) + (poverty)


People own the rights to their own creations. Google's project can potentially rob the original author's of their due income. In this case, they are not only failing to obtain consent to use copyright material, but they are going a step further and using it anyway, when the copyright owner has already told them not to. That should be illegal, if it isn't already.

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