U.S. Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Google Book Scanning Project

October 23, 2015 at 8:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On October 16th, the Second Circuit of Appeals in New York ruled that Google’s book scanning project does not violate copyright law. Google was sued by a group of authors (Author’s Guild v. Google) who claimed that the company’s mass scanning of whole books illegally deprived them of revenue. The court, in a unanimous decision, disagreed and ruled that the project was legal under the “fair use” provision in copyright law. The court also ruled that Google can continue to give digital copies to the libraries that supplied the print books. The libraries, however, must still follow fair use guidelines when using these copies.

Statements from the Author’s Guild suggest that they will attempt to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

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