US court throws out class-action status in Google books case, for now

A U.S. court has decided that the class-action designation of the copyright lawsuit brought against Google by the Authors Guild over the company's book-scanning project was "premature," and has returned the suit to a lower court for consideration of fair use issues.The Authors Guild filed its suit in 2005, arguing that Google's book-scanning project, which lets users search for and read the text of certain books online, has hurt millions of authors whose works have been digitized. Judge Denny Chin, formerly of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, allowed the class-action lawsuit to move forward last year.But in a ruling filed Monday by three circuit judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, it was decided that Judge Chin erred in assigning class-action status to the case and that the merits of Google's fair use defense need further consideration.Google maintains that it is not violating copyright law, and that the "fair use" principle, which allows for reproduction of limited copyrighted material without permission, protects its actions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Continue reading at 'PC World'

[ PC World | 2013-07-02 00:00:00 UTC ]
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