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[3]: Not completely convinced
by bentoo on Thu 14th Nov 2013 21:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Not completely convinced"
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Now that google seems to have a public interest waiver, can I go do the exact same thing? Can I borrow books and music from friends, make full copies without authorization, and then keep full copies of them on my servers so long as I only redistribute fair use snippets myself?

Probably. As long as your use satisfies the four fair use factors (as the judge ruled Google's use did in this case).

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