Authors win class status over Google

  • A federal judge has ruled that thousands of authors can sue Google in a class-action lawsuit over plans to create the world's largest digital book library.

    U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan also rejected Google's bid to dismiss claims by groups representing photographers and graphic artists, which would have forced plaintiffs to sue individually.

    Plaintiffs in the seven-year-old case have complained that Google's plan for the library, which would include millions of out-of-print works, amounted to "massive copyright infringement."

    Google has scanned more than 12 million books but plans to provide only snippets online, saying this constituted as "fair use" under U.S. copyright law.