Judge in the Google – Author’s Guild Case lets librarians and other pro-“fair use” groups file amicus briefs.

Byron M. G. Sanford, Esq.:

While not necessarily fully indicative of the judge’s thought process to date in the trial, the fact that her is permitting amicus briefs from the pro-“fair use” camp is at least somewhat telling. It will certainly be interesting to see where this trial comes out!

Originally posted on paidContent (old):

The judge presiding over the long-running book-scanning case between the Authors Guild and Google has issued an order letting scholars, librarians and a prominent digital rights group file briefs in support of Google.

In an order this week, Judge Denny Chin granted permission for two groups to intervene in the case: one is the Digital Humanities Scholars and Law Professors; the other is a group representing the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries.

The Authors Guild had opposed giving the groups permission to file amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs. Such documents typically provide extra legal ammunition to one side or the other.

The academic community and the EFF are weighing in because they want to use the Google case as a means of expanding “fair use,” a legal doctrine that provides an exception to copyright…

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