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3:47 pm on Jan 2, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Saying Google is stealing business from online book retailers, the Authors Guild asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project.

The Guild filed papers with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, saying that Google's effort to create the world's largest digital library was violating the rights of authors and stifling competition in the busy Internet book sales market.

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How many books have you read from Google Books?

How many people do you know that read even a single book from beginning to end so they didn't need to buy it?

How much revenue do you believe Google earned from this?

I find it odd the same person would say "Congress should create a national digital library." Wouldn't that equally stifling competition?

$750 X 20,000,000 = $15 Billion ...seems like a money grab!
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It has been an interesting case, but I don't see any issue which would entice SCOTUS to take it up.

I use Google Books on an almost daily basis and more often that not, it is sources that are not available for sale, new or used.
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How many people do you know that read even a single book from beginning to end so they didn't need to buy it?

If it's in copyright, they won't have the full text from beginning to end. But they may well have all pages of the exact chapter that's the only part of the book you were interested in.

:: irritably wondering how long alibris and abebooks have been the same place, and why I never noticed until today when-- by the usual yawn-provoking coincidence-- I was actually looking for a book ::
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I've been interested in this case since the beginning, more for the authors/creators unknown/unfound and their works being gathered by a third party.They do not have counsel in this and that's the sad thing.
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I generally agree with the judge... Exposure to the widest audience is a good thing.

Local library do this (limitedly) and so does used book stores (limitedly)... Both one physical book at a time.
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there could be some cases where the writer does not want wide distribution.
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Well ignore the exposure then.
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Never looked at the date of the news article... It was April 11, 2014.

It's all over but the crying!

Loaded the decision here: [legal.missionop.com...]
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I believe Authors Guild still has a petition before the Supreme Court seeking their review. As I stated previously, from my perspective their case offers nothing which will interest SCOTUS, but one can never be certainly with them :-)
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I found some further information on the appeal, they suggest the timing makes it very unlikely that it will be taken up this term, if accepted at all.
[scotusblog.com...]
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Thanks for the update... It isn't in the caselaw archive yet.
 

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