In Authors' Suit Against Libraries, an Attempt to Wrest Back Some Control Over Digitized Works - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"The copyright-infringement lawsuit brought on Monday by the Authors Guild and others against the HathiTrust digital repository, the University of Michigan, and four other universities could have a major impact on research libraries and the fate of millions of book scans created by recent mass-digitizing efforts. The plaintiffs seek to take control of those files out of the hands of libraries until Congress establishes guidelines for the use of digital libraries and orphan works—those that are subject to copyright but whose rights holders can't be identified or located. But Paul Courant, dean of libraries at Michigan, said the libraries and the trust are in the right and will go on with their work. "We still think it's entirely legal, and we're going to continue to do what we're doing," he said....[The suit] asks the court to impound and lock up "all unauthorized digital copies" of copyright-protected works in the defendants' possession, pending some appropriate action by Congress. It requests the court to prevent the defendants from giving Google clearance to scan more copyrighted works. It also seeks the suspension of Michigan's Orphan Works Project, which seeks to identify orphan works and make them more widely available...."