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Judge Grants Class Action Status to Google Books Plaintiffs

In 2005 and 2010, the Authors Guild and the American Society of Media Photographers brought lawsuits against Google over the search giant's Google Books, which the plaintiffs alleged was a massive scheme to violate their copyrights.  Google recently sought to dismiss the claims, but the judge in the case ruled that, not only did the plaintiffs have standing to bring the lawsuit, they also qualified for class action status.