Fair Use Doctrine Kills Authors Guild Book-Scanning Suit

Law360, New York (October 11, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge shot down the Authors Guild Inc.'s copyright suit against digital library HathiTrust and several university presidents Wednesday, ruling that the fair use doctrine protected the defendants and thwarting an attempt to block a book-digitization project.

U.S. District Judge Howard Baer Jr. ruled on several motions Wednesday, including one from HathiTrust that asked the court to hold that the defendants' uses of copyrighted works in a book-scanning project involving Google Inc. fell within their right of fair use, as well as their...
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