Search engine giant Google has filed a motion asking the court to remove groups from the long-running Google Books copy-right infringement lawsuit.
According to PC World, groups representing authors and photographers had filed lawsuits against the company for scanning copyrighted material without ask from permission.
Google has now claimed that the groups don't hold the copyrights to the works themselves and have no right to file for copyright infringement for something that they don't own.
The company has asked the court to dismiss the complaints filed by The Authors Guild and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), claiming that they only represent the rights holders and don't own the rights themselves.
"The associations are not proper parties to this copyright infringement case because they themselves do not claim to own any copyright at issue," Google wrote in a motion submitted with Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Manhattan.
The judge has set January 23 as the deadline for the Author's Guild and ASMP to file their opposition with the court and has given Google till February 3 to respond.