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Roxana Robinson Elected President of The Authors Guild

authors_guildAuthor Roxana Robinson has been elected as the president of The Authors Guild. In addition, Judy Blume, Richard Russo, and James Shapiro were voted to serve as  co-vice presidents of the guild, and CJ Lyons has joined the Guild’s executive Council.

Scott Turow has wrapped up his term as president of the Guild after four years in the position. During his term, Turow guided the organization through its 100th anniversary celebration in 2012. He also been deeply involved in the landmark book digitization lawsuits against Google and HathiTrust.

At the organization’s annual meeting last Wednesday, Guild members also re-elected Peter Petre as treasurer and Pat Cummings as secretary. In addition Council members Peter Gethers, Annette Gordon-Reed, Nicholas Lemann, Douglas Preston, Michelle Richmond, Cathleen Schine, and Monique Truong, were re-elected during the meeting.

 

 

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Authors Guild Sues to Impound 7 Million Scanned Books

augui.gifThe Authors Guild has joined with the Australian Society of Authors, the Union Des Écrivaines et des Écrivains Québécois (UNEQ) and eight authors in a lawsuit over a collection of digitally scanned copies of seven million books. Recently these universities combined resources to create the HathiTrust digital collection at the University of Michigan.

The Guild aims to “impound” the collection until the matter is settled in court. Follow this PDF link to see the complaint. The copyright suit was leveled against HathiTrust, the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Cornell University.

The six authors who joined the suit included  novelists Angelo Loukakis, Roxana Robinson, Daniele Simpson, and Fay Weldon, children’s author Pat Cummings, poet Andre Roy, scholar James Shapiro and biographer T.J. Stiles. The University of Michigan planned to allow faculty and students to download copies of orphaned works in this digital collection.

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