Google’s massive book-scanning project that makes complete copies of books without the authors’ permission is perfectly legal under U.S. copyright law, a federal judge ruled today, deciding an 8-year-old legal battle.
This is good news for everyone, even if the Authors Guild still hasn’t figured that out. The public can discover books containing information they might otherwise miss, and having done so, may decide to find and borrow or purchase the book. As the judge states, "all society benefits" from Google Books.
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