Authors Group Puts This Price On Google Lawsuit

An authors group suing Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) over its book-digitization program wants the company to pay $750 per book for illegal copying and distribution.

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The Authors Guild and the American Society of Media Photographers filed the lawsuit in 2005 against Google for its plan to scan millions of books from public and university libraries and provide text snippets from them on the Internet. The authors said Google had not asked for authorization from the owners of the works.

The search company is arguing that the authors benefit from the program because it ensures their books are more readily found and bought, while readers get “increased knowledge.” On Monday, the Guild asked the judge to rule in its favor on three legal issues, according to a report in Bloomberg, and said it wanted a ruling that copying books isn’t a “fair use” under copyright law, as Google argues.

The project began with the digitizing of books from the libraries of the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, Oxford University, and the New York Public Library.

In March last year, a federal judge rejected a $125 million settlement in the case, while in May this year, Google’s attempts to get the lawsuit dismissed over claims that the two groups lacked standing to sue were denied.

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