Copyright Lawsuit Targets Google (Wired News)

NEW YORK — An organization of more than 8,000 authors accused Google on Tuesday of “massive copyright infringement,” saying the powerful internet search engine cannot put its books in the public domain for commercial use without permission.

“The authors’ works are contained in certain public and university libraries and have not been licensed for commercial use,” The Author’s Guild said in the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

The lawsuit asked the court to block 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.

The Author’s Guild, a New York-based nonprofit organization, said its primary purpose as the nation’s largest organization of book authors was to advocate for and support the copyright and contractual interests of published writers. (more…)