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8,000 Authors Sue Google for Copyright Violations

09/22/05

The Author`s Guild Inc., an organization of more than 8,000 authors -- has accused Google Inc. of "massive copyright infringement" after the Internet search engine put its books in the public domain for commercial use without permission.

A statement released Tuesday by The Author`s Guild Inc. stated that... "By reproducing for itself a copy of those works that are not in the public domain, Google is engaging in massive copyright infringement. It has infringed, and continues to infringe, the electronic rights of the copyright holders of those works,"

While details of the lawsuit still remain vague at best, we do know that the lawsuit asks the court to prevent Google from copying the books so the authors would not suffer irreparable harm by being deprived of the right to control reproduction of their works. It sought class-action status on behalf of anyone or any entity with a copyright to a literary work at the University of Michigan library.

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