Google wants authors group out of NY library case
May 03, 2012 12:28 PM | 508 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
NEW YORK (AP) _ Google Inc. has urged a judge to toss The Authors Guild out of litigation over the future of the world’s largest digital library.

A lawyer for Google told a Manhattan judge Thursday that authors cannot be represented as a group because their interests are too varied.

A lawyer for the authors group told Judge Denny Chin that it would be too expensive and a burden on the courts to force authors to fight Google individually. The guild is seeking class certification. The judge did not immediately rule.

The arguments occurred in a 6-year-old lawsuit brought by the authors’ group and publishers against Google.

The judge earlier tossed out a settlement in the case, suggesting Google might want to allow book owners to opt into the library rather than be required to quit it.

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