Why Google's Fair Use Victory In Google Books Suit Is A Big Deal--And Why It Isn't

Posted by BernardSwiss on Nov 16, 2013 12:28 PM EDT
Forbes; By Eric Goldman
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Today, federal judge Denny Chin rejected a copyright challenge Google’s practices of scanning books into digital format and presenting snippets of those scans in search results because the practices qualify as fair use. It’s an exciting and hard-fought victory for Google, one that took nearly a decade of litigation and many millions of dollars to achieve. Still, this ruling merely preserves the status quo, last year a related case (the HathiTrust case) already found fair use for similar facts, and a Second Circuit ruling earlier this year signaled that Google probably would qualify for a fair use defense. So is this ruling a big deal? Yes and no.

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