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Google sued over book-scanning

2010-04-08 16:53

Washington - US photographers and illustrators sued Google for copyright infringement on Wednesday demanding compensation for images that appear in books being digitally scanned by the Internet giant.

"This case is about fairness and compensation," said James McGuire, a partner in the law firm handling the class action suit, Mishcon de Reya New York.

"It's only right that if someone uses something you create, you should be paid for it," McGuire said.

Parties to the suit include the American Society of Media Photographers, Graphic Artists Guild, Picture Archive Council of America, North American Nature Photography Association and the Professional Photographers of America.

The lawsuit was filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, which is currently considering a class action settlement between Google and US authors and publishers over the digital book project.

Anit-trust

The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers sued Google for copyright infringement in 2005 and reached a settlement in the case in October 2008.

Judge Denny Chin is currently considering the settlement, which calls for Google to pay $125m to resolve outstanding claims and provide a majority of revenue from book sales and advertising to authors and publishers.

In November, Chin denied a request by photographers and illustrators to join the lawsuit filed by authors and publishers and suggested they file their own suit, which they did on Wednesday.

Google has been scanning millions of books to create a digital library and electronic bookstore but the project has been dogged by controversy because of copyright, anti-trust and privacy issues.