Google Argues for Dismissal of Authors’ Book-Scan Lawsuit

Google Inc. (GOOG) asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by an organization representing authors over the search- engine company’s digital scanning of millions of books, saying the group can’t represent the owners of the books’ copyrights.

U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan heard arguments today on motions by Google to deny the authors the right to proceed as a class and to dismiss the organization’s case. Chin last year rejected a $125 million settlement between the two sides and the parties have been unable to reach a new agreement.

“It would be a terrible burden on the court if each individual author was forced to litigate,” Joanne Zack, a lawyer for the Authors Guild, told the judge. “A class action is superior.” CLICK HERE for the full story.

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