Judge Denny Chin Dismisses Lawsuit From Author Guild Against Google For Book Scanning

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Denny Chin, a U.S. Circuit judge, has dismissed a lawsuit from the Author Guild against Google.  A group of authors and publishers sued Google for scanning over 20 million library books without permission of the rights holders.  A federal judge ruled that Google stayed within U.S. copyright law.

Judge Denny Chin dismissed the lawsuit and ruled that Google’s book scans were under fair use.  Google scanned 20 million books in full and launched a service called Google Books.  That service allowed anyone to search digital texts and view only snippets of the book if the right holder did not give permission.

“In my view, Google Books provides significant public benefits,” states the ruling. “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.”

This ruling was made two years after Judge Denny Chin rejected a $125 million settlement between Google, the Author’s Guild, and the Association of American Publishers.  The publishers agreed to another settlement with Google, which was not subject to approval from the court.  Chin let the case go forward as a class action suit, but an appeals court reversed that decision and asked Chin to make a ruling.

“Google Books provides a way for authors’ works to become noticed, much like traditional in-store book displays,” added Chin.

[Source: Wired]

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