Statement from Mishcon de Reya

Mishcon de Reya New York LLP Files Class Action Suit Against Google Inc.

NEW YORK, NY: Mishcon de Reya New York LLP today filed a class action copyright infringement suit against Google, Inc. The suit relates to the organised scanning and public display of images by Google without regard to the contributions and rights to fair compensation of the artists who created them.


The Firm is acting on behalf of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and additional related trade associations, photographers and illustrators. ASMP and the other lead plaintiffs decided to file the class action after the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied their request to join the pending $125 million class action filed primarily on behalf of text authors, in connection with the Google Library Project. This new class action goes beyond the Library Project, and covers Google’s infringement of the rights of photographers, illustrators and other visual artists.


James McGuire, the founding partner of Mishcon de Reya New York LLP, is leading the case.


“This case is about fairness and compensation,” explained McGuire. “It’s only right that if someone uses something you create, you should be paid for it.”


Kevin Gold, the managing partner of Mishcon de Reya, agrees.


“Mishcon has long had a reputation for taking a principled stand and fiercely defending our clients’ rights,” said Gold. “It’s no surprise, then, that under the leadership of Jim McGuire, Mishcon de Reya New York is attracting such a high calibre of work.”


Mishcon de Reya was founded in London, UK, in 1937. Its New York office was opened in January 2010, and offers a bespoke litigation practice with a specific focus on complex commercial litigation, including regulatory work and international arbitration.