Google Wins Toss Of Authors' Suit Over Digital Books Project

Law360, New York (November 14, 2013, 11:47 AM EST) -- Google Inc. won a ruling Thursday dismissing a long-running lawsuit over the search giant's project to digitize millions of copyright-protected books without permission, which a New York federal judge ruled was protected by the fair use doctrine.

U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin ruled that the doctrine allowed Google to scan the books, make them searchable and display "snippets" of them online, all without prior authorization or licensing from their respective authors.

Dismissing a lawsuit filed by the Authors Guild, a nonprofit advocacy group for authors, the...
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