NY Times: Writers sue Google, accusing copyright violation

by E Wayne Ross on September 21, 2005

Writers sue Google

Three authors filed suit against Google yesterday contending that the company’s program to create searchable digital copies of the contents of several university libraries constituted “massive copyright infringement.”

The lawsuit, filed in United States District Court in Manhattan, is the first to arise from the Google Print Library program, the fledgling effort aimed at a searchable library of all the world’s printed books.

Google intends to make money from the project by selling advertising on its search pages, much as it does on its popular online search-engine site.