Items tagged "Google Book Search"

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Supreme Court Cements Major Fair Use Victory for Consumers in Google Books Case

April 18, 2016 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Fair Use , Google Book Search

Today, the United States Supreme Court denied cert in the long-running Google Books case, Authors Guild, et al. v. Google, Inc., letting stand the Second Circuit’s landmark decision that digitizing, indexing, and displaying snippets of print books in internet search results constitute a fair use under copyright law.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Google Book Search Decision

March 22, 2011 Google Book Search , Press Release


Earlier today, U.S. Dist. Judge Denny Chin in New York City rejected a proposed settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild to resolve copyright infringement claims against Google.  The decision is here.

Public Knowledge had filed a brief opposing the proposed settlement.  It is here.


The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

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Public Knowledge Opposes Google Book Search Court Settlement

September 8, 2009 Antitrust , Google Book Search , Orphan Works , Press Release

Public Knowledge today told a Federal court in New York that the settlement between Google and the Authors' Guild over Google Book Search should not be approved in its present form. The brief is available here.

"Public Knowledge Google Book Search Amicus Brief"

In particular, Public Knowledge said it is concerned about the aspects of the complicated settlement that deal with orphan works — works whose copyright holders are unknown or who cannot be found.

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Statement of Public Knowledge on Google Book Search Case

April 29, 2009 Fair Use , Google Book Search , Orphan Works , Press Release

The key concern we have with the settlement is its effect on orphan works. For those books whose authors or copyright holders can't be found, the settlement automatically places them into a system where their works can be digitally published only by one party.

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The Increasing Importance of Digital Fair Use: Reaction to the HathiTrust Decision

October 11, 2012 Fair Use , Google Book Search

Yesterday, a federal district court in New York decided that five universities’ digitizing of their library collections was a fair use, rejecting the Authors Guild’s attempt to halt the efforts. For a good, brief rundown of the decision, see James Grimmelmann’s early post here. Also, see Nancy Sims here, and Kenneth Crews here.

Basically, HathiTrust, a non-profit digital library partnership, and five universities (Michigan, the UC system, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Cornell) partnered with Google to scan books in the university libraries.

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The Importance of Project Gutenberg

September 8, 2011 Google Book Search , Public Domain

Project Gutenberg is one of the Internet’s great resources–the first “digital library,” with thousands of public domain ebooks, and created entirely by volunteers. Its founder, Michael Hart, passed away this week, after founding the project–by typing in a copy of the Declaration of Independence–in 1971. In doing this, Hart invented the ebook, and what became Project Gutenberg release #1 is still available online. Hart’s passing is a sad occasion but a good time to reflect on the importance of his life’s work.

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Google Books Rejection Highlights Need for Orphan Works Reform

March 22, 2011 Google Book Search , Orphan Works

Today Judge Chin released his decision in the Google Books case. This is the biggest development in a while in a saga that has been unfolding since 2004. It’s great the the Judge recognized that Google and the Authors Guild (and the rest of the plaintiffs) were trying to use his court to set public policy, rather than to settle a dispute between parties. Hundreds of authors, academics, librarians, companies, and even foreign governments filed objections to the settlement, and we’re honored that the Judge agreed with us that the agreement, if approved, would give Google monopoly control of orphan works. The public deserves access to these works, but it should come through a change to the law, rather than a private agreement that locks in just one supplier.

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DOJ on Amended Google Books Settlement: Better, but Still Opposed

February 5, 2010 Competition , Fair Use , Google Book Search , Monopoly , Orphan Works

Sherwin posted last week about the amended Google Books settlement and our amicus brief expressing our opposition to the settlement as written and our concern that it would lead to a monopoly on providing access to orphan works. The DOJ's Antitrust Divison has once again weighed in on the settlment (their previous brief is here, with our analysis here). Their conclusions appear to be largely the same as ours: "Although the United States believes the parties have approached this effort in good faith and the [Amended Settlement Agreement (ASA)] is more circumscribed in its sweep than the original Proposed Settlement, the ASA suffers from the same core problem as the original agreement: it is an attempt to use the class action mechanism to implement forward-looking business arrangements that go far beyond the dispute before the Court in this litigation."

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Public Knowledge Files Brief Opposing Amended Google Books Settlement

January 29, 2010 Antitrust , Competition , Google Book Search , Orphan Works

Today is the last day for commenters and objectors to weigh in on the amended Google Book settlement before the district court in New York that’s overseeing the case. Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed its amicus brief in opposition to the new settlement.

Our concerns are the same as they were when the settlement deal was first announced—that, if approved, it would result in Google becoming the only company that can sell access to orphan books without risking a massive lawsuit.

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The New Google Book Settlement: First Impressions on Orphan Works

November 17, 2009 Antitrust , Competition , Google Book Search , Orphan Works

Late on Friday, a federal court in New York received a new version of the Google Book Search settlement. As with the old version, the new one was drafted jointly by Google and its erstwhile litigation opponents: the publishers and authors who sued Google for scanning their books without permission.

Substantively, the new settlement bears a great resemblance to the old one.

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