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  • Publishers Settle Google Books Lawsuit

    The Association of American Publishers and Google’s agreement last week to settle the publishers’ long-running litigation over Google’s library scanning program put an end to the lengthy and expensive suit, but without resolving any of the underlying copyright and fair use issues. The main component of the deal: copyright owners with books scanned by Google under its library program can choose to “opt out” of the program and have their books removed. Of course, that settlement condition is something Google has offered copyright owners with books in the program all along.

  • Google, Publishers Settle Lawsuit over Book Scanning

    It’s over—at least for publishers. The Association of American Publishers and Google today announced they have settled their long-running litigation over Google’s library book scanning.

  • Going Public

    Talks between librarians and publishers are set to continue this week on the long-simmering e-book issue, including an AAP-sponsored discussion featuring ALA president Maureen Sullivan on September 27. Frustrated by a lack of progress, however, and in some cases regression, on the e-book issue, ALA officials are taking their case beyond the boardrooms, directly to their patrons and supporters. In an open letter obtained by PW, ALA president Maureen Sullivan raises the stakes in the e-book debate, asking readers: “which side will you be on.”

  • Appeals Court Grants Stay of Google Proceedings

    In an order filed Monday morning, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay, with the consent of the parties, in the Authors Guild vs. Google case until after it issues its decision on Judge Denny Chin’s May 31 ruling granting the case class action status.

  • Publishers Appeal 'Flawed' Decision in GSU E-Reserves Case

    The three publisher plaintiffs in the Georgia State University e-reserve case yesterday lodged an appeal with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to overturn one of the most significant fair use rulings in decades.

  • Publishers Appeal Ruling in GSU E-Reserves Case

    Officials at the Association of American Publishers have confirmed that the publisher plaintiffs in the Georgia State University e-reserve case have lodged an appeal with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • AAP, SIIA Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Key First Sale Ruling

    In separate amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court last week, both the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and the Software and Information Industry Association of America (SIIA) argue that the doctrine of first sale does not apply to foreign-made works.

  • After the DoJ Settlement

    On September 5, federal judge Denise Cote approved a deal between the Department of Justice and three publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster) to settle claims of e-book price fixing. What happens now?

  • As Expected, No Stay in Google Case

    In a bit of procedural news, Judge Denny Chin last week issued an order denying an August 17 request by Google to stay the Authors Guild's current lawsuit against them until after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rules on Judge Chin’s decision to certify the case as a class action.

  • Life With E-Books

    Discussions between libraries and the big six publishers over e-book lending have grabbed headlines in 2012, but despite cordial statements from each side about the benefits of communication, a report released this month from the American Library Association suggests the two sides remain far from a breakthrough.

  • Judge Delays Google Proceedings, Citing Plaintiff’s “Health Issue”

    There will be a delay in the Google proceedings after all. In a scheduling order filed late Friday, August 17, Judge Denny Chin, at the request of the plaintiffs agreed to delay the current schedule.

  • No Delay in Google Case: Chin Affirms Current Schedule; Accepts Library Group Amicus Brief

    In an August 15 order, Judge Denny Chin accepted a joint amicus brief from the Library Copyright Alliance, a coalition of three major library groups, as well as a brief both in support of Google in the Authors Guild vs. Google case.

  • Second Circuit to Hear Google Appeal in Authors Guild Case

    In yet another twist, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday agreed to hear Google's appeal of Judge Denny Chin's May 31 decision granting the case class action status and naming the Authors Guild an associational plaintiff.

  • Final Order in GSU E-Reserves Case Is a Rebuke to Publishers

    On August 10, Judge Orinda Evans filed her final order for relief in the Georgia State University e-reserve case, flatly rejecting the plaintiff publishers' sweeping proposal and, in a stunning development, ordering the publishers to pay the defendants' attorneys' costs.

  • Damages Could Exceed $1 Billion in Authors Guild Case Against Google

    If the Authors Guild prevails in its legal battle over Google’s library book scanning program the search giant could theoretically be on the hook for over $1 billion in damages.

  • With Key Filings in, Trials Loom In Google Book Cases

    After a round of key filings, two Authors Guild cases challenging Google’s ambitious library book-scanning program are on schedule for early fall trial dates. Final reply briefs were filed July 27 for the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, with that case now fully briefed and all but set for a November trial in Judge Harold Baer’s courtroom. And in the Authors Guild v. Google case, motions for summary judgment were also filed July 27, with a final round of reply briefs due September 17 and oral arguments set for October 9 before Judge Denny Chin.

  • Authors Guild, HathiTrust Submit Final Briefs in Digitization Case

    Fair use—or not fair use? That is the question, as attorneys for the Authors Guild and the HathiTrust on July 27 filed the final round of briefs connected to their motions for Summary Judgment in Authors Guild vs. HathiTrust.

  • Google Says Book Search is Fair Use

    After nearly seven years of public wrangling, it’s finally here: Google’s long anticipated, full-throated fair use defense for its library scanning program.

  • Plot Thickens as Authors Guild, HathiTrust Submit Opposition Filings

    Complex copyright law and fair use issues may lie at the heart of the Authors Guild vs. Hathitrust case, but in opposition filings submitted by the parties last week, another institution also seems to be on trial: Congress.

  • Library Groups, EFF Hit Back in HathiTrust Case

    In its initial complaint last year, the Authors Guild accused the HathiTrust of “ignoring the interests of copyright owners” and failing to allow Congress to “determine the requirements and safeguards that will govern the use of digital libraries.”

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