For immediate release | January 21, 2014

Google leadership to detail book search lawsuit at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA—Librarians applauded last November when the U.S. District Court protected Google’s searchable book database by calling Google Book Search a fair use under the copyright law. But is the case over, given that the Authors Guild has already filed an appeal? What impact will the Google Book Search saga have on copyright reform?

On Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 1:00–2:30p.m., Google Legal Counsel Fred von Lohmann will discuss the court ruling of the eight-year Google Book Search lawsuit at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The session takes place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 114.

Additionally, participants will hear from Laura Quilter, copyright and information policy librarian of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Lisa Macklin, scholarly communications director of Emory University. Session speakers will discuss the Google Book Search case, as well as the House Judiciary Committee’s proposal for “The Next Great Copyright Act” and its impact on access, digitization, and fair use in the digital age.

After eight years of litigation, the American Library Association welcomed the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York’s ruling to protect the search database that allows the public to search more than 20 million books.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

Washington Office