Authors Guild v. HathiTrust

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Authors Guild v. HathiTrust
Court United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Full case name Authors Guild v. HathiTrust
Decided October 10, 2012
Citation(s) 902 F.Supp.2d 445, 104 U.S.P.Q.2d 1659, Copyr.L.Rep. ¶ 30327
Court membership
Judge(s) sitting Harold Baer, Jr.
copyright infringement, fair use

Authors Guild v. HathiTrust (SDNY 2012, 2nd Cir. 2014) is a lawsuit in which the American Authors Guild claimed that the HathiTrust digital library had violated copyright. A federal court ruled against the Authors Guild in October 2012, finding that HathiTrust's use of books scanned by Google was fair use under US law.[1] The Authors Guild appealed the decision to the Second Circuit, and was rebuffed in 2014, when the Second Circuit (in an opinion by Barrington Daniels Parker, Jr.) largely affirmed the lower court's findings of fair use for accessibility and search, remanding only to consider whether the plaintiffs had standing to sue about library preservation copies.[2][3]


  1. ^ Albanese, Andrew (11 October 2012). "Google Scanning is Fair Use Says Judge". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, (2d Cir. June 10, 2014).
  3. ^ "U.S. Appeals Court Rules Against Authors in Book-Scanning Lawsuit". Reuters. June 10, 2014. 

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