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Authors groups join lawsuit against HathiTrust over orphan works

7 Oct 11

contacts: Author's Guild , HathiTrust ,

    
Individual authors joining the lawsuit include University of Oslo professor Helge Running, Swedish novelist Erik Grundstrom, and American novelist J. R. Salamanca. The Authors League Fund, a 94-year-old organization supported by Authors Guild members that provides charitable assistance to book authors and dramatists, is also now a plaintiff, as holder of rights to an ‘orphaned’ book by Gladys Malvern. Although many US universities, including Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford, have participated in Google’s library digitization program, most allow Google to scan only books that are in the public domain. Only a few, principally defendants Michigan and California, have allowed Google to scan books protected by copyright. As state-run institutions, both schools are shielded by 11th Amendment sovereign immunity protections from paying damages for copyright infringement.


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