June 1, 2012
Philadelphia, PA… U.S. Judge Denny Chin has issued an opinion denying Google's motion to dismiss lawsuits by the American Society of Media Photographers and the Authors Guild. The motion to dismiss had been based primarily on Google's assertion that ASMP and other trade associations did not have standing to bring a copyright infringement suit on behalf of members. In his ruling, the Judge asserted that "given the sweeping and undiscriminating nature of Google's unauthorized copying, it would be unjust to require that each affected association member litigate his claim individually." The associational plaintiffs in the American Society of Media Photographers ("ASMP") action include ASMP, the Graphic Artists Guild, the Picture Archive Council of America, the North American Nature Photography Association, and Professional Photographers of America. Judge Chin also granted the Authors Guild's motion for class certification.
According to ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik, "We are delighted that Judge Chin has validated the ability of trade associations to represent their members, which is one of the primary benefits of joining ASMP and other associations." ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman said, "As a result of this decision, our suit to stop Google's unauthorized scanning and display of massive amounts of copyrighted materials will be able to move forward in the courts."
ASMP's class action copyright infringement suit against Google, Inc. was filed in the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York in 2010. ASMP and the other trade associations, representing thousands of members, decided to file the class action after the Court denied their request to join the pending class action that had previously been filed primarily on behalf of text authors in connection with the Google Library Project.
Read the decision here.
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