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Professional Photographers of
America and Other Photographic Associations Settle Litigation With Google
ends four years of litigation over the inclusion of visual works in Google
YORK, NY - Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and a group of
photographers, visual artists and affiliated associations have reached a
settlement with Google in a lawsuit over copyrighted material in Google Books.
The parties are pleased to have reached a settlement that benefits everyone and
includes funding for the PLUS Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to
helping rights holders and users communicate clearly and efficiently about
rights in works. Further terms of the agreement are confidential.
agreement resolves a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Google in
April, 2010, bringing to an end more than four years of litigation. It does not
involve any admission of liability by Google. As the settlement is between the
parties to the litigation, the court is not required to approve its terms. This
settlement does not affect Google's current litigation with the Authors Guild
or otherwise address the underlying questions in that suit.
plaintiffs in the case are rights holder associations and individual visual
artists. The associational plaintiffs are The American Society of Media
Photographers, Inc., Graphic Artists Guild, PACA (Digital Media Licensing
Association)., North American Nature Photography Association, Professional
Photographers of America, National Press Photographers Association, and
American Photographic Artists. The individual plaintiffs are Leif Skoogfors, Al
Satterwhite, Morton Beebe, Ed Kashi, John Schmelzer, Simms Taback and Gail
Kuenstler Taback Living Trust, Leland Bobbé, John Francis Ficara, and David W.
case is American Society of Media Photographers, Inc. et al. v. Google Inc.,
Case No. 10-CV-02977 (DC) pending in the United States District Court for the
Southern District of New York.
Google Inc. and Associational Parties
Google is a global technology leader
focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google's
innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top Internet
property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world.
Photographers of America (PPA) represents more than 27,000 photographers and photographic
artists from dozens of specialty areas including portrait, wedding, commercial,
advertising and art.
in 1944, The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) is
the premier trade association for the world's most respected
Artists Guild (GAG) is a national union of graphic artists dedicated
to promoting and protecting the social, economic and professional interests of
its members and for all graphic artists including, animators, cartoonists,
designers, illustrators, and digital artists.
(Digital Media Licensing Association) is a trade association established in 1951 whose members
include more than 80 companies representing the world of digital content
NANPA, the North American Nature
Photography Association, is the first and premiere association in North
America committed solely to serving the field of nature photography.
in 1946 the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) is
the "voice of visual journalists" promoting and defending the rights of
photographers and journalists, including freedom of the press in all its
Photographic Artists (APA) is a leading national organization run by
and for professional photographers.
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