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Google Book Deal, Photogs This Time Around
Pictures at Eleven...
tangor




msg:4112247
 12:05 pm on Apr 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

The American Society of Media Photographers has sued Mountain View over Google Book Search, the library-scanning project that's already the subject of an unusually controversial lawsuit from American authors and publishers.

In a class action suit filed in a New York-based federal court on Wednesday, the photographers' trade association claims that Google has illegally scanned and displayed millions of books and other publications without the approval of those who control the rights to the photographs and other artwork inside those titles. "This is a civil action that arises under the laws of the United States and is designed to redress the most widespread, well-publicized, and uncompensated infringement of exclusive rights in images in the history of book and periodical publishing," the suit reads.

As reported at The Regsiter: [theregister.co.uk...]

More than words, there's pictures, too. Semi-lengthy article, with much to chew upon.

 

wheel




msg:4112442
 4:04 pm on Apr 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

To date, Google has scanned over 10 million books, and it estimates that about eight million of those are still under copyright.

80% of the stuff they're scanning and selling is still under copyright. Unbelievable.

tntpower




msg:4112458
 4:30 pm on Apr 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Do Evil

--- Google

albo




msg:4112647
 10:57 pm on Apr 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

@tntpower the Gorg gets to "Do Evil" as long as they don't "Be Evil" ...reminds me of the image of the three chimps

Nobias




msg:4112716
 1:59 am on Apr 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

80% of the stuff they're scanning and selling is still under copyright. Unbelievable.

About exactly the same ratio applies to Youtube videos. Coincidence?

driller41




msg:4112840
 9:02 am on Apr 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

What are they whinging about - dont they know they can just opt out if they want to.

TIC

StoutFiles




msg:4112863
 10:46 am on Apr 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

Why not do it if you can get away with it? Google hasn't lost a big court case yet so there's no reason for them to stop.

tangor




msg:4114034
 11:01 pm on Apr 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Another view of the subject:

Joining the ASMP in the lawsuit are the Graphic Artists Guild, the Picture Archive Council of America, the North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographers of America, as well as several individual photographers and illustrators.

In its complaint, the ASMP charges Google with engaging in "the most widespread, well-publicized and uncompensated infringement of exclusive rights in images in the history of book and periodical publishing."

The ASMP considers members of the class photographers, illustrators, graphic designers and visual artists who own the copyright to at least one work contained in a book or periodical Google has scanned without permission.

The ASMP and other lead plaintiffs ask the court to slap Google with an injunction to force it to stop scanning and storing copyright works without permission, and ask that Google pay a minimum US$180,000 per infringed work.

As reported at CIO: [cio.com...]

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