AAP Praises Wisdom of HathiTrust and Google Books Decisions - Disruptive Competition Project
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"In a recently filed amicus brief, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) acknowledged that the decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust and Authors Guild v. Google reflected 'carefully-limited reasoning and interest balancing.' This recognition of the validity of those decisions runs contrary to the previously-held positions of many organizations representing rights holders (including AAP) that the courts are out of control on fair use.
Evidently, in the four years since it filed its amicus brief in HathiTrust, AAP has recognized that the mass digitization decisions do not create a vast loophole in the exclusive rights of its members. Instead, HathiTrust and Google Books are wise and carefully-calibrated decisions that balance the interests of all stakeholders. Hopefully, other rights holder organizations will follow AAP’s lead in reassessing their positions on these decisions."