The Authors Guild filed its copyright infringement case against Google in 2005 with hopes of having the nation's highest court eventually rule on the matter. The Guild hoped to establish binding precedent that would protect authors' work from digital disruption that devalues copyright. But this week SCOTUS issued an order that it would not review the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Google's favor in Author's Guild v. Google. Author and Authors Guild president Roxana Robinson described the blow saying: "Today authors suffered a colossal loss."
In a scorched earth vision of Google's alleged predatory tactics, Robinson lamented the Second Circuit's "unprecedented expansion of the fair use doctrine" which allows "Google’s copying and providing access to some 4 million copyrighted books for profit-making purposes."
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