Revived Google Books case chugs onwards


More than a year after Judge Denny Chin blew up an epic settlement agreement, Google (s goog) and the Authors Guild are back in court today. (Updated with Google quote, Chin response)

The Guild is suing its former partner for scanning books without permission while a group representing photographers is also appearing before Chin to press copyright claims of its own.

At today’s hearing the Authors Guild is set to ask Chin to confirm that the country’s writers can sue together. Google is opposing the request while also seeking to throw out the Authors Guild and photographers’ complaints altogether.

According to Google, the Authors Guild doesn’t have standing to sue because it’s an association — the search giant says individual writers who own copyrights should bring the case instead. The Guild says it’s the logical group to represent authors who need its institutional muscle.

Google also says there should be…

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