Authors Guild urges NY federal appeals court to make Google reward authors of digital books

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An Authors Guild lawyer has urged a New York federal appeals court to force Google Inc. to reward authors for including their books in the world's largest digital library.

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Attorney Paul Smith for the authors argued Wednesday before a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He said there was no evidence that Google's project helps authors sell books. A lawyer for the Mountain View, California-based company countered that the library exists so readers can find books.

The Authors Guild had appealed a judge's ruling tossing its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws.

The author's group wants Google to pay $750 for each of the more than 20 million copyright books it has already copied.

The appeals court did not immediately rule.