Copyright Clash: Authors Guild and Others Sue HathiTrust and Five Universities
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"The Authors Guild—along with Australian and Canadian authors' organizations and eight individual authors—filed suit yesterday against the HathiTrust digital repository and five of its member universities to stop them from "reproducing, distributing and/or displaying" copyrighted works, among other alleged infringements—and charged them with "engaging in one of the largest copyright infringements in history." If successful on all fronts, the case could potentially derail HathiTrust's nascent orphan-works project and digitization projects across the nation—but some experts are already questioning how big an effect it will have....Intellectual property attorney Jonathan Band, a frequent consultant to the library community, told LJ that he thought the suit "borders on the frivolous." He also questioned the plaintiffs' standing to bring the suit, and called the plaintiffs' theory that Section 108 limits fair use "ridiculous." ...Grimmelman...noted that the suit could have a chilling effect on digitization projects such as the Digital Library of America...."