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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(Of course if Google always seek permission when displaying images and poems etc then they are ok... I am merely arguing this in terms of principles.)

Edited 2013-11-15 19:30 UTC

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So... Wherever the author is unreachable of the copyright has passed onto an unknown entity, we just give up and burn the work of art?
I mean... If you can't read it out loud without author's permission, then you should just give up on what might be a valuable piece of human knowledge/culture.

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