Authors Win Class Cert. In Google Books Copyright Battle

Law360, New York (June 1, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday granted class certification to a group of authors who claim Google Inc.'s plan to digitize millions of books violates U.S. copyright law, striking down the search giant's argument that thousands of writers should litigate their claims individually.

U.S. District Judge Denny Chin said the broad issue of whether Google's project had unfairly used copyrighted works far outweighed any individual disputes that could arise.

In papers filed with the court, Google had said the fair use defense it intended to...
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