Google Books ruled fair use

By Andrew Hudson Published: November 14, 2013 Updated: April 20, 2018

Google won a key copyright case when a district court declared that scanning 20 million library books into a search engine is a fair use.

“Google’s use of the copyrighted works is highly transformative. Google Books digitizes books and transforms expressive text into a comprehensive word index that helps readers, scholars, researchers and others find books. Google Books has become an important tool for libraries and librarians and cite-checkers as it helps to identify and find books.”
Author’s Guild v Google, 2013

“Google Books provides significant public benefits. It advances the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders.”
Author’s Guild v Google, 2013


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