Google Books Slapped With Yet Another Lawsuit

Google's controversial online book project, Google Books, has been slapped with yet another lawsuit, this time from the American Society of Media Photographers.

The entity claims that Google had been scanning and uploading their works without seeking permission or paying any fee.

In the lawsuit, the photographer's community is seeking compensation for the obvious copyright infringement committed by Google when it scanned their photographic works.

Interestingly, ever since trouble began for Google Books, the photographic community had remained surprisingly quiet as everyone even remotely related to the literary world, went ahead and sued the company.

However, it was a matter of time when the photographic association came out with their own lawsuit, since they were restrained from taking part in the $125 million court settlement between Google and writers.

Expressing his views on the lawsuit filed by the association, Eugene Mopsik, the executive director of the American Society of Media Photographers, said in a statement that “If there is going to be a system developed to manage the compensation for these types of books, we felt visual artists need to be represented. We have been totally excluded. We want a seat at the table.”

Our Comments

Things don't look so good for the Mountain View company, which was earlier served with a hefty fine by the French government for scanning and uploading literary works of French authors. Let see how Google reacts to one more lawsuit over copyright infringement.

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