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Photogs Sue Google, Charging Copyright Infringement

By Joel Zand on April 07, 2010 | Last updated on August 31, 2021

The American Society of Media Photographers, a photographers' trade association, filed a class action copyright infringement lawsuit against Google today.

The ASMP charges that the search engine failed to obtain legal authorization from the group's member photographers before scanning, reproducing, and storing their work as part of Google's Library Project.

The federal court in the existing copyright infringement lawsuit filed by authors against Google denied ASMP's request to join their still pending class action over the Google Library Project.

According to the plaintiffs' lead attorney James McGuire from Mishcon de Reya New York LLP, "this case is about fairness and compensation."

McGuire argued that "it's only right that if someone uses something you create, you should be paid for it."

A Google spokesperson issued a flat denial of allegations raised by the suit, telling Reuters that the company is "confident that Google Books is fully compliant with international copyright law."

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