The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) has filed a class action copyright infringement suit against Google, Inc. in connection with Googleâ€™s illegal scanning of millions of books and other publications containing copyrighted images and displaying them to the public without regard to the rights of the visual creators.
The class action suit has been filed in the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York. ASMP is joined in the suit by the Graphic Artists Guild, the Picture Archive Council of America, the North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographers of America, photographers Leif Skoogfors, Al Satterwhite, Morton Beebe, Ed Kashi and illustrators John Schmelzer and Simms Taback.
ASMP and the other trade associations, representing thousands of members, decided to file the class action after the Court denied their request to join the currently pending $125 million class action that had previously been filed primarily on behalf of text authors in connection with the Google Library Project. The new class action goes beyond Googleâ€™s Library Project, and includes Googleâ€™s other systematic and pervasive infringements of the rights of photographers, illustrators and other visual artists.