Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Nov 2013 16:37 UTC
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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"
bentoo
Member since:
2012-09-21

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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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

bentoo,

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

Well, I'm looking forward to reading about those who have the courage to try it! I would not have the resources to put up a defense. I'd worry an expensive corporate copyright lawyer would find a way to win against small guys trying to apply this ruling as case law. The slightest slip up and then suddenly the small guy becomes liable as a mass-infringer.

Edited 2013-11-14 23:53 UTC

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

The small guy always looses in the US, that doesn't mean that if the players are equal that the copyright owner would still win.

In copyright law making quotes is allowed, so if they really only share/distribute snippets. That would be fine.

But, they didn't pay to buy the books. They borrowed the book from the library and kept a private copy.

That is not something that is normally allowed, I would think.

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Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

bentoo,

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

Well, I'm looking forward to reading about those who have the courage to try it! I would not have the resources to put up a defense. I'd worry an expensive corporate copyright lawyer would find a way to win against small guys trying to apply this ruling as case law. The slightest slip up and then suddenly the small guy becomes liable as a mass-infringer.


As you and other pro-BSD leeches who would try to resell these books as shareware or other sorts of garbage like it should be.

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