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The Authors Guild welcomes today's suit by the Association of American Publishers against Google over its Library Project. Respect for copyright, and the creative effort it is intended to reward, is a vital concern for both authors and publishers.
"Google talks about the law and the spirit of its enterprise. The company is wrong on both counts," said Authors Guild President Nick Taylor. "Google cannot simply appropriate the rights of copyright holders. That's against the law. And what does it say about the so-called spirit of this giant company when it refuses to address the concerns of either authors or publishers while it exploits their investments and hard work for profit?"
The Authors Guild (www.authorsguild.org), the largest society of published writers in the United States, represents more than 8,000 authors.