Revived Google Books case chugs onwards



More than a year after Judge Denny Chin blew up an epic settlement agreement, Google and the Authors Guild are back in court today. (Updated with Google quote, Chin response)

The Guild is suing its former partner for scanning books without permission while a group representing photographers is also appearing before Chin to press copyright claims of its own.

Google has by now reportedly scanned 20 million books, most of which remain largely locked up.

While the Google case plods along, scholars like Berkeley’s Pamela Samuelson are calling for Congress to fix copyright law in order to create a Digital Public Library of America.

Judge Chin said he will rule later on today’s motions. He also said Google and the Author’s Guild could move for judgment without a trial and he would hear oral motions in September.