Google Book-Scanning Project Is Fair Use, 2nd Circ. Says

By Bill Donahue (October 16, 2015, 10:13 AM EDT) -- The Second Circuit ruled Friday that Google Inc.'s project to scan millions of copyrighted books without permission was legal under the fair-use doctrine, handing the tech giant a huge victory in a long-running fight with authors.

Coming more than a decade after the Authors Guild first sued over what would become "Google Books," the appeals court's opinion said that making the world's books text searchable — while not allowing users to read more than a snippet of text — was a transformative use of the author's content.

Google Books searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned,...

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