Brief of Digital Humanities and Law Scholars as Amici Curiae in Support of Defendant-Appellees and Affirmance, (The Authors Guild, Inc., et al., v. Google, Inc., et al.) (Second Circuit)

57 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2014

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Matthew Jockers

Washington State University

Matthew Sag

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Jason Schultz

New York University School of Law

Date Written: July 10, 2014

Abstract

The Brief of Digital Humanities and Legal Scholars as Amici in Authors Guild v. Google was signed by over 150 researchers, scholars and educators who believe that Copyright law is not, and should not be, an obstacle to the computational analysis of text.

Copyright law has long recognized the distinction between protecting an author’s original expression and the public’s right to access the facts and ideas contained within that expression. We argue that this distinction should be maintained in the digital age so that library digitization, internet search and related non-expressive uses of written works remain legal.

Keywords: copyright, text-mining, digital humanities, non-expressive use, search engines, book search, meta data, fair use, Authors Guild, Hathitrust, Google

JEL Classification: K00, K19, K11

Suggested Citation

Jockers, Matthew and Sag, Matthew and Schultz, Jason, Brief of Digital Humanities and Law Scholars as Amici Curiae in Support of Defendant-Appellees and Affirmance, (The Authors Guild, Inc., et al., v. Google, Inc., et al.) (Second Circuit) (July 10, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2465413 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2465413

Matthew Jockers

Washington State University ( email )

Pullman, WA 99164
United States

Matthew Sag (Contact Author)

Loyola University Chicago School of Law ( email )

25 E. Pearson
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Jason Schultz

New York University School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States

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