Google's massive effort to scan millions of books for a digital library violates copyright law, illegally depriving authors of licensing fees, royalties and sales, a lawyer for a group of authors told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday.
Paul Smith, who represents the Authors Guild and several individual writers, told a three-judge panel at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that the Google Books project was a "quintessentially commercial" infringement designed to protect the company's "crown jewel" search engine.
But Seth Waxman, a lawyer for Google, said the project "revolutionized" how people find books and, contrary to the authors' claims, would actually boost sales by introducing works to more readers.
"There is no evidence in this record, none, of any market harm to the authors," he said.