The Authors Guild faced yet another disappointment when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear its challenge against Google on Monday.
The challenge is part of a decade-long effort from a group of authors who claim that Google’s Google Books service illegally deprives them of revenue as the service displays content from books for sale that Google does not own.
Reuters reports that a unanimous three-judge appeals court panel said the case “tests the boundaries of fair use,” but found Google’s practices were ultimately allowed under the law.
The library itself has been a massive point of contention for authors over the years, but since suing Google in 2005, the Authors Guild has had no success in proving Google Books is violating copyright law. Google claims that of the 20 million books, users are not allowed to read substantial-enough portions to present competition to publishers or authors themselves.
The Authors Guild itself has had a hard time dealing with technological change. Back in 2013, the guild and the Association of American Publishers went after ICANN and Amazon for the latter’s bid to own “.book,” “.read,” and “.author”. The group could stand to pick better battles.