With Google Books, 'Fair Use' Keeps Widening

Law360, New York (November 14, 2013, 8:16 PM EST) -- A federal judge ruled Thursday that Google Inc.'s project to digitize the full text of millions of copyright-protected books without permission counted as legal fair use, a decision attorneys say broadens the doctrine's scope — for better or for worse.

Focusing his attention on societal benefits provided by Google Books — he called it an "invaluable research tool” that “advances the progress of the arts and sciences” — U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin said Google's copying of millions of full books was a "highly transformative” use...
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