Google Books is Legal
A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that Google’s massive effort to scan millions of books for an online library does not violate copyright law, rejecting claims from a group of authors that the project illegally deprives them of revenue.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected infringement claims from the Authors Guild and several individual writers, and found that the project provides a public service without violating intellectual property law.
I really do think it’s a good thing that Google is doing – searching through books is incredibly useful.1 And even looking at things from the writer’s perspective, they’re doing good things – the system limits how many pages of a book you can view online without purchasing the book.
- Said the college student. ↩