The Authors Guild, the Australian Society of Authors,
the Quebec Writers Union, and eight individual authors have filed
a copyright infringement lawsuit in federal court against
HathiTrust, the University of Michigan, the University of
California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and
Cornell University. Plaintiff authors include children’s book
author and illustrator Pat Cummings, novelists Angelo Loukakis,
Roxana Robinson, Daniele Simpson, and Fay Weldon, poet Andre Roy,
Columbia University professor and Shakespeare scholar James
Shapiro, and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning
biographer T.J. Stiles.
The universities obtained from Google unauthorized scans of an
estimated 7 million copyright-protected books, the rights to
which are held by authors in dozens of countries. The
universities have pooled the unauthorized files in a repository
organized by the University of Michigan called HathiTrust.