Sunday, July 13, 2014

My Latest EFF Amicus Brief: Google Books Appeal

Last Thursday, EFF filed the latest amicus brief on which I worked, in The Authors Guild v. Google appeal.  EFF's blog post about the brief is here.

In this long-running lawsuit, The Authors Guild seeks to shut down the Google Books search engine.  The district judge held that Google's scanning of books to create a search engine was fair use.  The Guild has appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Our amicus brief asks the Court to affirm the finding of fair use, and to confirm that fair use can apply to new technologies that use copyrighted works with a new and different purpose that doesn't substitute for the original works.  

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