The Author’s Guild, et al. v. Google Inc.

The Author’s Guild, et al. v. Google Inc., No. 05-CV-8136 (S.D.N.Y.) – KSG was retained by The Author’s Guild and several prominent authors to bring a copyright infringement class action against Google, Inc. The suit came on the heels of Google’s recently announced Google Print Library Program, for which Google has begun digitally copying the entire library of the University of Michigan, including works that are still in copyright. Google proposes to make portions of the works available on its web site. To do so, Google plans to copy and reproduce the works in their entirety and upload them to Google’s web site. Google also announced plans to digitally reproduce and place on its web site the works in the libraries of Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, and the New York Public Library. Plaintiffs allege that Google’s actions consitute a massive infringement of the copyrights to the works in the libraries that are not in the public domain.

KSG’s clients are The Authors Guild, which is the leading trade association promoting authors’ rights and which represents more than 8,000 published authors; Donald Hoffman, former U.S. Poet Laureate (1973-1974); Herbert Mitgang; and Beth Miles.

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Editorial by Daniel Hoffman, former U.S. poet laureate.

Editorial by Nick Taylor, the president of the Author’s Guild

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Originally Posted: 02/10/2006