Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Nov 2013 16:37 UTC

Google has won a resounding victory in its eight-year copyright battle with the Authors Guild over the search giant's controversial decision to scan more than 20 million library and make the available on the internet.

In a ruling (embedded below) issued Thursday morning in New York, US Circuit Judge Denny Chin said the book scanning amounted to fair use because it was "highly transformative" and because it didn't harm the market for the original work.

"Google Books provides significant public benefits," writes Chin, describing it as "an essential research tool" and noting that the scanning service has expanded literary access for the blind and helped preserve the text of old books from physical decay.

Too much common sense. I'm not sure I can handle this.

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RE: Not completely convinced
by bentoo on Thu 14th Nov 2013 18:51 UTC in reply to "Not completely convinced"
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2012-09-21's also the first time that a work of an author can be used by Google *without* any permission of the creator of the work.

A dangerous precedent me thinks.

Not a dangerous precedent, but fair use. Google isn't sharing the entire text of copyrighted work (without permission) but merely a snippit. This is really the same as a brick and mortar store allowing you to browse a book before buying.

Edited 2013-11-14 18:52 UTC

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