Author\’s Guild

  • Supreme Court affirms Google Books scans of copyrighted works are fair use

    Supreme Court affirms Google Books scans of copyrighted works are fair use

    A Supreme Court order issued today closes the book on (or perhaps merely ends this chapter of) more than a decade of legal warfare between Google and the Authors Guild over the legality of the former’s scanning without permission of millions of copyrighted books. And the final word is: it’s fair use. Read More

  • Hey Google, Free The Orphans

    Once again, Google is facing antitrust scrutiny, this time over its proposed settlement with the Authors Guild that would clear the way for it to scan out-of-print books. Most sane people seem to agree that scanning these books and making them available in digital form is a good idea, and the settlement even provides for a token payment of up to $60 per book to go to copyright… Read More