The Authors Guild, Inc. et al v. Hathitrust et al
DECLARATION of Helge Ronning in Support re: 81 MOTION for Summary Judgment.. Document filed by Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, Pat Cummings, Erik Grundstrom, Angelo Loukakis, Norsk Faglitteraer Forfatter0OG Oversetterforening, Roxana Robinson, Helge Ronning, Andre Roy, Jack R. Salamanca, James Shapiro, Daniele Simpson, T.J. Stiles, Sveriges Forfattarforbund, The Australian Society Of Authors Limited, The Authors Guild, Inc., The Authors League Fund, Inc, Union Des Ecrivaines Et Des Ecrivains Quebecois, Fay Weldon, the Writers' Union of Canada. (Rosenthal, Edward)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
THE AUTHORS GUILD, INC., et al.,
- against :
HATHITRUST, et al.,
Index No. 11 Civ. 6351 (HB)
DECLARATION OF HELGE RØNNING
I, Helge Rønning, hereby declare as follows:
I am one of the plaintiffs in the above-captioned action and submit this
declaration in support of Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment.
I have been a full professor in the Department of Media and Communication at
the University of Oslo in Norway since 1987, where I have worked in various academic
capacities since 1971. Over the course of my academic career I have authored over 400 nonfiction academic articles for journals, reports, newspapers, and magazines. I have also served as
Chairman of the Board of Kopinor, a collective body for Norwegian authors’ and publishers’
rights organizations that administers blanket licenses for photocopying and digital reproduction
rights to works protected by the Norwegian Copyright Act; Kopinor distributes remuneration to
rights holders based on statistical surveys of licensee behavior. I also served on the Norwegian
Board for Public Service Broadcasting from 1996 to 2004.
The Works At Issue
I am the sole author and copyright holder of the non-fiction works Den Umulige
Friheten: Henrik Ibsen Og Moderniteten (Impossible Freedom, Henrik Ibsen and Modernity),
first published by Glydendal in 2006 and of Dodsom Over Et Folk?: Imperialismen Og
Biafrakonflikten (Death Sentence Over a People, Imperialism and the Biafra Conflict), first
published by Pax in 1969, (collectively the “Works”), and holder of a valid copyright to each
under Norwegian law.
Although I have licensed to my publishers certain exclusive rights in connection
with the commercial exploitation of my Works, I did so in exchange for the payment of royalties
and I remain the legal and/or beneficial owner of all rights in and to my Works. I never assigned
to any third party the copyright to the Works.
Unauthorized Uses Of My Work
It has come to my attention that print copies of my Works were copied without
my permission when they were digitized by one the defendant universities (collectively referred
to herein along with HathiTrust as “Defendants”) in partnership with Google, as part of the
HathiTrust and/or Google Books projects. This digitization took place without my knowledge,
consent, or approval. I did not authorize Google, HathiTrust, or any of the university defendants
to digitize or make any other use of my Works. To date, I have received no compensation of any
kind for Defendants’ digitization and various uses of my Works.
Harm Resulting From Defendants’ Use Of My Works
As an author who depends in large part on the value of my work to earn a living, I
brought this action because the Defendants’ unauthorized digitization and use of my Works has
harmed or threatens to harm me in a number of ways.
I have reviewed the Declaration of T.J. Stiles and I agree with and incorporate by
reference Mr. Stiles’ descriptions of the various harm and potential harm caused by the
Defendants’ actions. One difference between Mr. Stiles and me is that (as described below) my
Works are no longer in print and I have not yet chosen to make any of my Works available in
electronic form. However, these differences do not change the fact that Defendants’ actions are
causing and threatening to cause damage to me and to the value of my Works.
While my Works are no longer in print, the harms articulated in the Declaration of
T.J. Stiles nevertheless apply to me because my Works are still protected by copyright law and I
still hold the copyrights. Whether my Works are in print or not, I have the right choose whether
or not to engage in licensing agreements for emerging uses of my Works, be they digital
archiving, non-consumptive research, full-text searching, or other derivative uses. By
preempting my right to make a decision as to how I wish to exploit my Works, Defendants have
narrowed the scope of my rights and lessened the strength of my control over my own work.
I believe that I also am entitled to determine whether, when and under what
circumstances my Works are scanned, digitized, copied and used. Defendants’ insistence that
the new, complex, technologically-enabled uses they intend to make of my Works should be
permitted without my consent dangerously presupposes that copyright law does not give authors
any right to control how their works are used and exploited in these contexts. To the best of my
knowledge, this is not the law in the United States, and it certainly is not the law in Norway.
Defendants argue that uses of my Works that do not allow individuals to read the
text, such as non-consumptive research and full text searching, do not inhibit sales of my Works
or deprive me of licensing opportunities and therefore do not require my permission. This is not
so. As the Declaration of T.J. Stiles points out, these kinds of uses represent a new market
whose value is evidenced by Defendants’ use of my Works, as well as the works owned by the
other Plaintiffs and the millions of other works Defendants scanned and copied. I believe that I
have the legal right to decide whether or not to permit these uses, and to seek remuneration for
these uses if I do decide to allow them. Defendants could have asked my permission to digitize
my work, or offered to purchase one or more additional copies for their library collections.
In addition, by failing to seek a license, Defendants eliminated the usual
mechanism that authors use to exercise control over our work: licensing or other agreements that
powerless to dictate terms as to how my Work may or may not be used. I also have no ability to
insist that HathiTrust take security measures to protect my work. I have no power to ensure that
the infringing copies of my work are truly in a “dark archive” that is not accessible for viewing
or further copying. I have no assurance that Defendants’ actual use of my Work is limited to the
uses they claim to intend to make, and no power of enforcement if their uses exceed this scope.
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the
foregoing is true and correct.
Dated: Oslo, Norway
June 27, 2012
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