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US Judge Dismisses US Authors Guild Case Against Google Books Scanning

6:25 pm on Nov 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Wow, this really has been a long battle.

"Fair use" is the argument Google put against the lawsuit.

Google has defeated a legal action mounted to stop it scanning and uploading millions of books.

In 2005, the US Authors Guild sued Google alleging that its plans to create a digital library amounted to massive copyright infringement.

In its defence, Google said its plans constituted "fair use" because it was only putting excerpts of texts online.

US judge Denny Chin has now sided with Google and dismissed the case brought by the Guild.US Judge Dismisses US Authors Guild Case Against Google Books Scanning [bbc.co.uk]
8:07 pm on Nov 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Fair use to copy books
Fair use to retain wifi data
Fair use to photograph everyones property

Surround it with adverts and watch the money flood in.

These people are untouchable.
1:10 am on Nov 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

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It will certainly be appealed - but I love the current ruling :-)

(I use Google Books at least weekly for my research. It is often books I would never even know to look for in a library. The books are rarely if ever available for sale, new or used.)
11:40 am on Nov 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I also use it, but it doesn't make the judgement any less disgusting.

We'll all be here wringing our hands in ten years' time wondering how we allowed Google Corp. to become what it is.

Last week I needed to check the weather in a few French cities and I did so without ever having to leave the G homepage. They've stolen that traffic from someone. Someone else made that content and then acquiesced like the rest of us and allow it to be sucked and scraped.

Creators of nothing, parasites extraordinaire.