National Federation of the Blind Applauds Landmark Ruling in Authors Guild v. Google

Nov 14, 2013, 14:46 ET from National Federation of the Blind

Decision Will Allow Access to Millions of Books by the Blind

BALTIMORE, Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind, the nation's leading advocate for access to education and information by blind Americans, commented today on the landmark decision issued by The Honorable Judge Denny Chin, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, dismissing a lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild against Google, Inc.  The Authors Guild claimed that Google had violated copyright laws by scanning millions of books and storing them as digital files.


Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said: "The announcement of this ruling is a joyful occasion for all blind Americans because it paves the way for full and equal access by the blind and others with print disabilities to the knowledge contained in millions of books.  We are pleased that the court explicitly recognized access to information by people with disabilities as a benefit of the Google Books Project.  This ruling is a significant milestone on the road to full access to the world's knowledge by the blind, and to all of the opportunities for innovation, education, and enlightenment that come with it."

About the National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and most influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United States.  Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology, and training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision with the tools they need to become independent and successful. 

SOURCE National Federation of the Blind