Court Rules that Google Can Continue Scanning Copyrighted Books Under Fair Use

Published November 13, 2013

Eight years after the initiation of the Authors Guild v. Google lawsuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently announced that the web giant’s book scanning project stands within the bounds of United States copyright laws. Although the authors and publishers sued Google for scanning more than 20 million books without gaining permission for publishing rights, U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin dismissed the lawsuit and ruled that the scans represent fair use. Despite the fact that Google Books lets users search through scanned books, the prominent factor in the decision was that consumers can only view […]

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