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[4]: Here are some facts...
by olafg on Fri 15th Nov 2013 21:26 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Here are some facts..."
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When did Pirate Bay start responding to takedown requests from copyright holders?

Pirate Bay did not host anything so there is nothing to take down, and they are political. The only practical difference is that Youtube is balancing the legal borderline and pretending not to benefit from plagiarism, but they still make money from advertising on videos that violate copyrights.

Your whining about something most of the studios stopped caring about long ago.

I am not whining at all. I am simply pointing out that the main principal difference between youtube and Pirate Bay is that the former is commercial and apolitical legal-tip-toing and the latter is a political statement. The effect on copyright for authors on moral grounds is basically the same. Legal does not mean good ethics. Actually, since Pirate Bay is political I'd say their ethics are better (even though I disagree with them).

What big studios do is irrelevant.

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