Author’s Guild sues to stop HaithiTrust Digitization Project

The Author’s Guild has joined forces today with their Canadian and Australian counterparts to use the HaithiTrust, a non-for-profit coalition of universities. The AG also signed up 8 authors to act as a lightening rod and injured party.

Normally I would like to write a long and detailed post, but this one looks to be fairly straightforward and simple. It’s another “Google Books” type of lawsuit. The AG is suing to stop the universities from scanning and digitizing their archives. Actually, it looks like this _is_ another Google Books lawsuit; the HaithiTrust was organized in order to form a partnership so Google could scan the collected archives.

But there are a few twists, and it’s beginning to get interesting. The filing specifically mentions the HathiTrust’s “Orphan Works Project”,  which , as you can probably guess from the name, involves identifying copyrighted  works that are orphans; no one knows who owns the copyright.

Hm. I have to say that my viewpoint on this has flipflopped several times as I researched and wrote this post. But given that this is really Google Books, Mk 2, I have to say that this lawsuit isn’t as interesting as at first glance.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Alexander Inglis13 September, 2011

    It’s a pity because the work Haithi Trust has been doing is very worthwhile. With an interest in history, I have uncovered all sorts of books that happen to be at Haithi and nowhere else.

  2. […] 14th, 2011 by Nate Hoffelder · No Comments · Uncategorized // A few days back I brought you the news that the Author’s Guild had formed an alliance with 2 of their conterparts in order to sue […]


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