Google Books prevails, lawsuit dismissed

November 14th, 2013 · by spolanka · 1 Comment

Google Books prevails and the lawsuit is dismissed.

Quote from the Authors Guild v Google – Summary Judgment Decision (Case 1:05-cv-08136-DC Document 1088 Filed 11/14/13):

In my view, Google Books provides significant public benefits. It advances the progress of the arts and sciences,
while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely
impacting the rights of copyright holders. It has become an invaluable research tool that permits students, teachers,
librarians, and others to more efficiently identify and locate books. It has given scholars the ability, for the first time, to
conduct full-text searches of tens of millions of books. It preserves books, in particular out-of-print and old books that
have been forgotten in the bowels of libraries, and it gives them new life. It facilitates access to books for print-disabled and
remote or underserved populations. It generates new audiences and creates new sources of income for authors and publishers.
Indeed, all society benefits…       Denny Chin, U.S. Circuit Judge

See also:

Reuters – Google prevails over authors in book-scanning U.S. lawsuit

GigaOM – Google wins book-scanning case:  Judge finds fair-use, cites many benefits

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