Yesterday was a disappointing day for the Authors Guild, whose lawsuit against Google’s scanned digital books was lost after an eight year battle. The Guild is expected to appeal the decision, saying, “Google made unauthorized digital editions of nearly all of the world’s valuable copyright-protected literature and profits from displaying those works. In our view, such mass digitization and exploitation far exceeds the bounds of the fair use defense.”
Here, we examine some of the major points of the ruling from U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin.
Google Books’ scanned images acts like a digital card catalog:
Google Books has become an important tool for libraries and librarians and cite-checkers as it helps to identity and find books. Read more