[open-heritage] Fwd: [Humanist] 26.200 support for Amicus Brief?

Joris Pekel okfn.joris.pekel at googlemail.com
Wed Aug 1 11:15:13 UTC 2012

Hi everybody,

This message is mainly targeted to people working the humanities, but the
document they have written is I believe interesting for GLAM, science and
humanities. If you are on more than one list, sorry for cross-posting.

All the best,


        Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2012 13:28:58 +0000
        From: Matthew Jockers <mjockers at unl.edu>
        Subject: Support for Amicus Brief in Authors Guild v. Google


A few weeks ago, Matthew Sag, Jason Schultz and I filed an amicus brief
(see http://ssrn.com/abstract=2102542) on behalf of Researchers in the
Digital Humanities and Law Professors in Authors Guild v. Hathitrust. That
brief included endorsement from ACH and a number of individual researchers.
 We are preparing to file a very similar brief in Authors Guild v. Google
next week and are seeking further support within the larger DH community.

Our argument is that mass digitization of books for text-mining purposes is
a form of mass intermediate copying that enables socially beneficial
nonexpressive and non-infringing uses without directly harming any markets
for expressive uses of the works themselves. We urge the court to recognize
that text-mining and the digitization that enables it constitutes a
nonexpressive use that should be found to be fair use.

If you would like your name added to the list of signers, please email
Matthew Sag (matthewsag at gmail.com) and me (mjockers at unl.edu) with your

Name, Title, and Institution

by Tuesday July 31, 2012.  A draft of the brief is attached for your



Matthew L. Jockers
Assistant Professor of English
Fellow, Center for Digital Humanities Research
325 Andrews Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588

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Joris Pekel
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