Authors appeal court decision that allows wholesale digitization of copyright works.
by John Degen
At the end of June, a group of authors and author organizations from around the world filed their reply brief in the appeal of a ruling in the HathiTrust digital library dispute. Last October, Judge Harold Baer of the US District Court ruled that the unpermitted scanning and storing of copyright protected works was excused by the US fair use provision in large part because he saw that work as transformative. To an author, that's a lot like saying by taking your bike, I am transforming it into my bike, but let's leave it to the courts to carry on consideration of what is fair and what is not.