Authors Guild lawsuit roundup

September 28, 2011

On September 13, 2011 the University of Michigan, HathiTrust, and four of HathiTrust’s library partners—the University of California System, the University of Wisconsin System, Indiana University and Cornell University—were sued for alleged copyright infringement relating to digitized books.

Authors Guild, the Australian Society of Authors Limited, the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ) in Canada, and eight individuals are seeking to stop further digitization and to impound current digitized copies of in-copyright works. They are also seeking to enjoin HathiTrust partners from making lawful uses of digitized orphan works through the HathiTrust.

University officials have stated that the lawsuit is both “misguided and unnecessary.” See below for links to the lawsuit, statements, Record Update stories, and freqently asked questions.

The Authors Guild, Inc. et al v. Hathitrust et al

The Authors Guild, Inc. et al v. Hathitrust et al (amended complainted)

Paul Courant on the Authors Guild lawsuit

U-M Library statement on the Orphan Works Project

HathiTrust statement on Authors Guild lawsuit

Record Update: Courant says copyright lawsuit against U-M 'misguided and unnecessary'

To read about the lawsuit in the news, visit HathiTrust Around the Web.



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