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Google Library Project Legal: Let the Robots Read!

“The decade-long legal battle over Google’s massive book scanning project is finally over, and it’s a huge win for libraries and fair use. On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by the Author’s Guild, which had argued that Google’s scanning of millions of books was an infringement of copyright on a grand scale. The Supreme Court’s decision means that the Second Circuit case holding that Google’s creation of a database including millions of digital books is fair use still stands. The appeals court explained how its fair use rationale aligns with the very purpose of copyright law: “[W]hile authors are undoubtedly important intended beneficiaries of copyright, the ultimate, primary intended beneficiary is the public, whose access to knowledge copyright seeks to advance by providing rewards for authorship.” (via Internet Archive Blogs)

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High Court Won’t Hear Copyright Challenge to Google Books

“The copyright dispute between the Authors Guild and Alphabet Inc.’s Google reached a conclusion Monday when the Supreme Court declined to intervene, leaving a federal appeals court ruling in Google’s favor as the last word.The justices, in a brief written order, said they won’t take up an appeal by the Authors Guild and individual writers who argued Google engaged in copyright infringement “on an epic scale.” (via WSJ)

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High Court Last Hope for Copyright Lawsuit Over Google Book Scanning

“The long-running copyright dispute between the Authors Guild and Google could be reaching a final chapter in coming weeks as both sides wait to see if the Supreme Court takes up the case.The litigation over Google’s digital book library stretches back to 2005, when the nation’s largest professional organization for writers filed a federal lawsuit accusing Google of “massive copyright infringement.” (via WSJ)

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What the Google Books Victory Means for Readers

“A lawsuit can run on for so long that, even if major issues are still at stake, it can seem dated and even inconsequential by the time it’s resolved. Such is the case with Authors Guild v. Google, which likely came to a conclusion on Friday, more than 10 years after it began. The Second Circuit sided with Google, ruling that the company’s program to scan millions of books, including those still in copyright, was legal.” (via The Atlantic)

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Google’s book-scanning project legal: U.S. appeals court

“A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that Google’s massive effort to scan millions of books for an online library does not violate copyright law, rejecting claims from a group of authors that the project illegally deprives them of revenue. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected infringement claims from the Authors Guild and several individual writers, finding the project provides a public service without violating intellectual property law.” (via Reuters)

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