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The Authors Guild on Friday vowed to take its case against Google to the U.S. Supreme Court after an appeals court said the technology giant's digital library does not violate the copyrights of authors. The organization, which represents published authors and agents, has been engaged in a legal battle with Google since 2005.

"We are disheartened that the court was unable to comprehend the grave impact that this decision, if left standing, could have on copyright incentives and, ultimately, our literary heritage," Mary Rasenberger, executive director of the Authors Guild, said in a statement. "We trust that the Supreme Court will see fit to correct the Second Circuit’s reductive understanding of fair use, and to recognize Google’s seizure of property as a serious threat to writers and their livelihoods, one which will affect the depth, resilience and vitality of our intellectual culture."