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
Reuters – Google prevails over authors in book-scanning U.S. lawsuit
GigaOM – Google wins book-scanning case: Judge finds fair-use, cites many benefits
Reprinted in full from the Inside Google Books blog.
Retailers, bloggers, book publishers and other website owners in the U.S. can now become Google eBooks affiliates. Affiliates can link to Google eBooks on their sites for any of the hundreds of thousands of titles available for sale, earning a commission for referring sales to the Google eBookstore.
We launched the program as a limited beta in December with our first affiliate, Goodreads. Goodreads is a social reading site, who after becoming an affiliate was able to refer their avid book reading fans to the Google eBookstore. When Goodreads users buy a Google eBook, they’re gaining immediate access to their book and supporting Goodreads in the process.
Starting today, we invite all interested site owners to apply to join the expanded Google eBooks affiliate program. Participating sites gain new revenue streams by giving their book-reading audiences an easy way to buy Google eBooks. Continue reading