ASMP, GAG et al. file class action against Google

The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG), the Picture Archive Council of America, the North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographers of America, and several photographers and illustrators, have filed a class action copyright infringement suit against Google, Inc. in the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York. The suit relates to Google's alleged illegal scanning of millions of books and other publications containing copyrighted images and displaying them to the public without regard to the rights of the visual creators. ASMP and GAG, together with the other trade associations, decided to file the class action after the Court denied their request to join the currently pending USD 125 million class action that had previously been filed primarily on behalf of text authors in connection with the Google Library Project. The new class action goes beyond Google's Library Project, and includes Google's other claimed systematic and pervasive infringements of the rights of photographers, illustrators and other visual artists.
 
More information is available at http://asmp.org and http://www.graphicartistsguild.org.  A pdf copy of the complaint can be found here: http://www.graphicartistsguild.org/news/.