Authors Guild Seeks Supreme Justice
By admin on Jan 3, 2016 | In Literary
The Authors Guild has taken its decade-long fight with Google to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Guild has filed a request for the High Court to review the battle over whether Google has the legal right to provide scanned excerpts of books online.
Google has maintained that the excerpts are simply a research tool for Internet users and that they fall under the Fair Use Doctrine of American copyright law. The Authors Guild sees it as a form of republication without payment to the authors.
The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Google's favor. The rationale for that decision was that the Court didn't consider the excerpted matterial a meaningful alternative to having the full book. Therefore, in the Court's view, the excerpts didn't infringe the authors' copyrights on the works as a whole.
According to an article in the Washington Post, the Guild isn't trying to shut down Google's practice of scanning books but, rather, have Google pay for the right to do so.
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