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Just so you know where you stand: Google attacks authors and photographers organizations in Google Books case

December 16, 2013

A blast from the past about GoldieBlox lawyer Daralyn Durie

MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY

I read today that the Durie Tangri firm took time off from defending Rojadirecta to pursue a different case supporting the proposition that creators rights should be trampled at any convenient turn.  Daralyn Durie stood before Judge Dennis Chin for what seems to me to be a rather shabby proposition:  The Authors Guild and the American Society of Media Photographers should be disqualified from representing authors and photographers as a class in the Google Books litigation and that each author and photographer whose work Google infringed should be forced to sue Google individually.  Or, I suppose, their heirs.

It should not be lost on any artist that what Google really wants is to destroy the ability of individual artists to organize and fight back collectively when their life’s work is stolen.  If you ever doubted that premise, doubt it no longer.  Disqualifying the authors and photographers organizations as class representatives would be an important step in…

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