Empowering Creators

Just a few hours ago Judge Chin issued a ruling that is bound to make authors, photographers, graphic artists and content creators in general happy.  The ruling finds that the Author’s Guild and others representing photographers and graphic artists can sue on behalf of their membership.

Google tried to block this action by citing their own research that suggested content creators loved the idea of the search giant scanning protected works.  Judge Chin wasn’t buying it, noting that these collective organizations are better suited to interpret their member’s wishes and are a more efficient vehicle for making the fight, “given the sweeping and undiscriminating nature of Google’s unauthorized copying.” Google apparently would have preferred battling authors in court one on one.

The attempt to block the Author’s Guild is especially ironic given that Google claims its proposed settlement with two other author groups did speak for the rights of all authors.  So much for having your cake and eating it too.

Everyone can now look forward to a decision on the important merits of the case.

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