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Authors’ group files lawsuit against Google

Authors Guild Sues Google, Citing “Massive Copyright Infringement”

Google Blog: Google Print and the Authors Guild

Google sticks its finger in the Wi-Fi Pie,39024665,39152509,00.htm

The Google Print Library Project: A Copyright Analysis [pdf]

U.S. Copyright Office [pdf]

This week The Authors Guild, a group that represents 8000 US authors,
filed a class action lawsuit against Google Inc. in an attempt to ask
for damages and an injunction that will prevent the company from
continuing their very ambitious digitization project which began in
earnest around one year ago. Many commentators in the world of copyright
law and technology were not surprised by this development as The Authors
Guild has also been involved in attempting to make online publishers pay
royalties to writers whose stories appear in any number of online
databases without their express consent. In a concession to general
concerns about the nature of their project, Google had announced plans
back in August that they would respect the wishes of copyright holders
who contacted the company to inform them that they did not want their
works included in this digitization project. In yet another interesting
development this week, there were rumors around the technology press
that Google may be embarking on an extensive plan to build a significant
WiFi presence across the country. A spokesperson for Google confirmed
that their current test sites are solely limited to two public sites
around their corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California. [KMG]

The first link will take users to a news article from this Tuesday’s
Washington Post which provides detailed coverage of the lawsuit filed by
The Authors Guild. The second link leads visitors to the official press
release about the lawsuit from the press office of The Authors Guild.
The third link leads to the official Google weblog entry on the recent
lawsuit. Here visitors can learn about Google’s position on the subject,
and peruse a number of relevant external links. The fourth link leads to
a news article from that discusses Google’s foray into
providing WiFi service. The fifth link leads a compelling commentary and
analysis on the Google Print project by Jonathan Band. The sixth and
final link leads to the homepage of the U.S. Copyright Office, where
visitors can learn about filing copyrights and how to search for
copyright records.
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Alternate Title Google library push faces lawsuit by US authors
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Date Issued 2005
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Date of Scout Publication 2005-09-23
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