Congrats to HathiTrust, NFB, Dan Goldstein, and Amici!

CREEC congratulates defendant Hathi Trust (accessible-book-scanners), intervenors the National Federation of the Blind, other amici, and appellate advocate extraordinaire Dan Goldstein of Brown, Goldstein & Levy, for their victory in  Authors Guild, Inc. v. Hathi Trust.   As BGL’s press release explained:

The case arose when the Authors Guild sued five universities and the HathiTrust, a service at the University of Michigan that administers digital copies of the millions of print books in university libraries scanned by Google and universities. To date, this collection includes more than 11 million digital books, and it is expected to grow to more than 20 million when the project is completed. The University of Michigan, starting in 2008, permitted scholars with documented print disabilities full access to this digital collection. To protect this access, the National Federation of the Blind and several blind scholars intervened and responded to the Authors Guild claim that making the digital copies available to the print disabled violated the authors’ copyrights. In the decision, the Second Circuit rejected the Authors Guild’s claims and held that making the digital copies available to the disabled was a “fair use” under the Copyright Act.

This is an amazing accomplishment in the effort to provide full print access for people with a wide range of disabilities ( including blindness, dyslexia, quadriplegia, and others) that make it difficult to interact with a traditional book — “codex” if you’re being professional; “dead trees” if you’re being snarky.

Dan was interviewed about this case on NPR as well.

Congrats to all on this important victory!