Earlier this week a multitude of authors, publishers, rights organizations, and copyright experts from around the world filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the Authors Guild’s petition asking the Court to hear its case that Google must be held accountable for digitally copying millions of copyrighted books without permission or payment. This interesting news came to us from PR Newswire in their article, “Bestselling Authors And Rights Groups Support Authors Guild In Asking Supreme Court To Review Google Ruling.”

One month ago the nation’s largest and oldest society of professional writers – the Guild – filed a petition asking the Court to review a Second Circuit court ruling in its decade-old copyright infringement case against Google. The tech giant copied 20 million books from libraries and other institutions in exchange for offering them a digital copy in return—but without seeking permission from authors. At least four million of those books were protected by copyright.

The briefs submitted today cite a broad range of facts, case law and precedent to support their positions. The Supreme Court is expected to decide this spring if it will hear the case.

Melody K. Smith

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