May 2, 2007

Google accused of 'massive copyright infringement'

An organisation of more than 8,000 authors accused Google Inc of "massive copyright infringement" saying the powerful Internet search engine cannot put their books in the public domain for commercial use without permission.

"The authors' works are contained in certain public and university libraries and have not been licensed for commercial use," The Author's Guild Inc. said in the lawsuit in US District Court in Manhattan.

The lawsuit asked the court to block Google from copying the books so the authors would not suffer irreparable harm by being deprived of the right to control reproduction of their works. It sought class-action status on behalf of anyone or any entity with a copyright to a literary work at the University of Michigan library.

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