Brief of Digital Humanities and Law Scholars as Amici Curiae in Support of Defendant-Appellees and Affirmance, (The Authors Guild, Inc., et al., v. Google, Inc., et al.) (Second Circuit) by Matthew L. Jockers, Matthew Sag, Jason Schultz :: SSRN

Abstract:  The Brief of Digital Humanities and Legal Scholars as Amici in Authors Guild v. Google was signed by over 150 researchers, scholars and educators who believe that Copyright law is not, and should not be, an obstacle to the computational analysis of text. 

Copyright law has long recognized the distinction between protecting an author’s original expression and the public’s right to access the facts and ideas contained within that expression. We argue that this distinction should be maintained in the digital age so that library digitization, internet search and related non-expressive uses of written works remain legal.