Authors Guild general counsel Jan Constantine resigned just a week after learning that the Guild’s case against Google — Authors Guild v. Google — wouldn’t get a Supreme Court hearing. Constantine worked for a decade on the case, which was filed in 2005.
Despite Constantine’s tireless effort on behalf of authors, the Authors Guild v. Google case ultimately saw Google’s broad interpretation of fair use concerning author copyright stamped into law by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Authors Guild president Roxana Robinson called the defeat a “colossal loss” for authors. The Authors Guild laid out its objections to what it saw as Google’s copyright violation here.