American visual artists react to Google’s book grab

VISUAL ART GOOGLE LIBRARY PROJECT

American visual art groups plan to file complaint against Google’s library project

As reported in the New York Times earlier this month, a number of American groups representing visual artists have come together to file a class-action lawsuit against Google. They are reacting to the company’s plans to digitize millions of out-of-print books to make available or sell to the public.

Google books is already available to the public

These groups, including the American Society of Media Photographers, the Graphic Artists Guild, the North American Nature Photography Association and the Professional Photographers of America, as well as individual photographers and illustrators, want fair compensation for the artworks that appear in the books that Google has already “illegally” scanned.

A similar complaint was filed in 2005 by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers who are awaiting the approval of a US$125 million settlement. If approved, this will pave the way for the Google project.

“The agreement has faced a barrage of opposition from Google rivals like Amazon.com and Microsoft, as well as many academics and legal scholars, representative of authors and estates, and event some foreign governments.”

View the full New York Times article here.

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