Company Google has come under fire from copyright defenders. Several professional associations of photographers, including the American Society of Media Photographers, Graphic Artists Guild, Picture Archive Council of America and others, have sued the internet giant. eWeek.
The essence of the accusation is that the Google Books service provides users with access to books, magazines and other printed materials that use photographs and other graphic materials, whose authors did not consent to the use of their works and do not receive any royalties.
The lawsuit was filed in the same branch of the court in which the issue of a violation by the company was already pending Google copyright when using the book search service. The authors of the texts were the first to sue, to satisfy their claims Google established the Digital Rights Registry and made payments totaling $125 million. The judge did not include the authors of the graphic materials in the list of plaintiffs in this case, and now they are filing a separate lawsuit.
great idea Google - to make available a huge number of books (there are already more than 10 million scanned copies) did not seem to find understanding in society, perhaps it was ahead of its time. Will the company be able to overcome such a number of attacks and continue what they started? Let's hope that a compromise solution will be found and a promising project will not be closed.