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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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Google should pay authors for scanned books, U.S. appeals court told

“Google Inc’s massive effort to scan millions of books for a digital library violates copyright law, illegally depriving authors of licensing fees, royalties and sales, a lawyer for a group of authors told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday. Paul Smith, who represents the Authors Guild and several individual writers, told a three-judge panel at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that the Google Books project was a “quintessentially commercial” infringement designed to protect the company’s “crown jewel” search engine.” (via Reuters)

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The Art of Google Books Scans

“It was while looking at Google’s scan of the Dewey Decimal Classification system that I saw my first one—the hand of the scanner operator completely obscuring the book’s table of contents,” writes the artist Benjamin Shaykin. What he saw disturbed him: it was a brown hand resting on a page of a beautiful old book, its index finger wrapped in a hot-pink condom. In the page’s lower corner, a watermark bore the words “Digitized by Google.” There are several collections of Google hands around the Web, each one as creepy as the one Shaykin saw.” (via The New Yorker)

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Libraries applaud dismissal of Google Book Search Case

“After eight years of litigation, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York today upheld the fair use doctrine when the court dismissed Authors Guild v. Google, a case that questioned the legality of Google’s searchable book database. The Library Copyright Alliance—which is comprised of the American Library Association, the Association of College & Research Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries—welcomes Judge Denny Chin’s decision to protect the search database that allows the public to search more than 20 million books. In his dismissal of the case, Judge Chin enumerated the public benefits of Google Book Search by calling the project transformative and a fair use under the copyright law.” (via ALA)

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Google Books Case Appears Ready to Be Decided

“It took Judge Denny Chin less than 40 minutes yesterday to hear oral arguments on the cross motions for summary judgment in the Authors Guild’s long-running lawsuit against Google over its library book scanning project. Once expected to be a defining copyright battle for the digital age when it was first filed in 2005, the case came down to a short, anticlimactic hearing in which Chin reserved judgment, but sounded more than ready to deliver a decision that could end the matter.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Google Seeks Ruling Copying Books Without Permission Is Fair

Google Inc., the world’s largest search engine, is facing the challenge of persuading a judge that digitally copying millions of books for online searches without authors’ permission is protected by copyright law. The company is set to argue today in federal court in Manhattan that the fair-use provision of the Copyright Act shields it from liability for copyright infringement. Authors and a trade group oppose the project, claiming Google has taken away their rights for its own gain without compensating them.” (via Bloomberg)

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Authors Guild: Wait for Congress to Sort Out Google Scanning

“In its final brief before oral arguments, the Authors Guild this week closed by imploring Judge Denny Chin to shoot Google’s book scanning program, and let Congress ask questions later. “The fair use doctrine is not designed to address the enormity of Google’s infringement,” Authors Guild attorneys argue, calling the legality of the book scanning program “a cutting edge” technological issue best left to Congress to address. “Until Congress addresses these critically important issues, courts must defer to the choices already made by Congress,” the brief argues, by rejecting “Google’s unilateral and profit-driven effort to upset the established balance between copyright owners and users.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Eight Years Later, the Google Books Fight Lumbers On

“Like a pair of boxers staggering from their corners for the ninth round, Google and the Authors Guild traded another round of briefs last week in their long-running, slow-moving Google Books fight. There is very little left to be said at this point in the case, and they said it at great length. The question is, why are they still fighting? For Google, the book scanning program has always been a corporate backwater, something put together in its 20% time. Despite grandiose claims about a new Library of Alexandria and the occasional cool toy for bibliophiles, it has never been a marquee project. Twenty million scans later, Google Books still doesn’t show up in the menu at the top of the Google homepage. YouTube it ain’t.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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