The Authors Guild et al v. Google Inc.
REPLY MEMORANDUM OF LAW in Support re: 1051 MOTION to File Amicus Brief IN PARTIAL SUPPORT OF DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE SUMMARY ADJUDICATION.. Document filed by Digital Humanities Scholars and Law Professors. (Siavoshy, Babak)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
THE AUTHORS GUILD, INC.,
Associational Plaintiff, BETTY MILES,
JOSEPH GOULDEN, and JIM BOUTON,
on behalf of themselves and all others
05 cv 08136 (DC)
REPLY TO PLAINTIFFS’ OPPOSITION TO DIGITAL HUMANITIES AND
LAW SCHOLARS’ MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE
AS AMICI CURIAE
SAMUELSON LAW, TECHNOLOGY & PUBLIC POLICY CLINIC
Jennifer M. Urban (Pro Hac Vice) (CA # 290845)
Babak Siavoshy (Pro Hac Vice) (CA # 264182)
Jason Schultz (CA # 212600)
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
396 Simon Hall
Berkeley, California 94720
Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
The Digital Humanities and Law Scholars submit this Reply to Plaintiffs’
Opposition to Motion for Leave to File as Arnicus Curiae. Plaintiffs’ Opp. To Mot. For
Leave is misguided. This Court has broad discretion to consider briefs amicus curiae, and
that discretion is properly exercised in favor of granting The Digital Humanities and Law
Scholars leave to file as arnici in the present case. See Alexander v. Hall, 64 F.R.D. 152,
155 (D.S.C.l974) (“it is solely within the discretion of the court to determine the fact,
extent, and manner of participation by the amicus”) (citing Northern Securities Co.
United States, 191 U.S. 555 (1903)); Harris v. Pernsley, 820 F.2d 592, 603 (3d Cir.
1987) (permitting amici participation “may be advisable where third parties can
contribute to the court’s understanding of the consequences” of a decision).
The present case has wide-ranging implications for members of the public beyond
Plaintiffs and Defendant, and this is especially true because of its status as a class action
with potentially broad-ranging public effect. Digital Humanities and Law Scholars seek
to aid the Court in its task by explaining the potential impact of the Court’s decision on a
topic of vital public and educational importance not fully addressed in the parties’
briefing: the continued validity of both established and innovative research practices that
use non-expressive computational and statistical methods to analyze large corpora of
texts. Mot. For Leave at 2.
The Google Book Search corpus is an important example of such corpora; further,
findings in this case could potentially extend beyond the use of this corpus to scholars
who wish to build or make use of similar corpora. The Court’s ruling in this case could
Plaintiffs’ opposition is at docket no. 1056, hereinafter “Opp. To Mot. For Leave.” Amici’s
motion is at docket no. 1051, hereinafter “Mot. For Leave.” All references to aniici in this filing refer to
The Digital Humanities and Law Scholars only.
strongly affect research text mining (and similar statistical research practices) with broad
impact on digital humanities scholarship and educational research. Because of their status
as scholars and experts in both the digital humanities and intellectual property law,
Digital Humanities and Law Scholars are uniquely positioned to explain both the
potential impact of the Court’s decision on the validity of computational and statistical
research practices and the most appropriate legal framework for analyzing these practices.
Amici Digital Humanities and Law Scholars’ sole interests in this case are,
respectively, the use and development of computational and statistical research tools for
the study of texts, and the proper development of intellectual property doctrine in this
context. Amici submit that their unique perspective as direct users of digital research tool
and experts on the legal status of those tools under the copyright law will be valuable to
the Court as it crafts its decision. This perspective is intended to aid the Court, and will
not prejudice Plaintiffs’ legitimate interests in the case.
Accordingly, amici Digital Humanities and Law Scholars respectfully request that
the Court grant their motion for leave to file as amicus curiae.
Dated: August 15, 2012
/s/ Jennifer M. Urban
Jennifer M. Urban
Samuelson Law, Technology & Public
396 Simon Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
T: (510) 642-6332/ F: (510) 643-4625
Counselfor Amici Curiae (with Matthew
Sag, Jason Schultz, and Babak Siavoshy)
If Plaintiffs seek to submit additional briefing to respond to any substantive points in The Digital
Humanities and Law Scholars’ amicus brief, The Digital Humanities and Law Scholars would not object to
such a request.
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I hereby certify that on August 15, 2012, I electronically filed the foregoing with
the Clerk of the Court for the United States District Court, Southern District of New York
by using the CM/ECF system. I further certify that all participants in this case are
registered of the CM/ECF system and that service will be completed via the CM/ECF
Dated: August 15, 2012
By: /s/ Babak Siavoshy