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The Authors Guild v. Google: The Case Goes On

In the latest development in the long-running case over Google’s book-scanning, the federal judge in the case ruled on May 31, 2012 that groups representing authors and photographers could go forward with a class action.

The ruling is a setback for Google, which had asked the judge to remove the Authors Guild and a photographers’ group from the lawsuit. Google had also argued that a class action was not appropriate because many authors were in favor of having their works appear in the company’s search results.

The judge’s ruling means that the groundwork is laid for a trial on whether Google’s decision to scan millions of books amounted to fair use.

Further information on this just released decision can be found in tweets by Professor James Grimmelmann (@grimmelm) and at his blog, The Laboratorium.  Grimmelmann, who has followed and reported on this case extensively over the years, recently wrote an article in EDUCAUSE Review on the orphan works debate.

EDUCAUSE will continue to monitor and report on this issue.

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