Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware
An important legal ruling was handed down yesterday by Judge Denny Chin in the five-year-old Authors Guild v. Google class action lawsuit over Google's scanning of millions of in-copyright books.
(A bit of history on the dispute: Google has argued that the scanning--intended to build a the world's biggest digital library--as well as the display of snippets of text from the scanned books, is fair use under copyright law, while the Authors Guild holds that the scans create new editions, for which copyright holders' permission should have been sought.
An appeals court has just agreed to let Google challenge an order that let the Authors Guild go forward with a class action lawsuit over book scanning. The ruling appears to mean that the current proceedings will be on hold while th... Read Post
Judge Denny Chin has allowed a coalition of scholars, librarians and digital activists to file briefs in support of Google as part of the long-running copyright controversy over the company's book scanning. The ruling will serve to ... Read Post