Authors’ Guild loses case against Google

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The Supreme Court recently declined to hear the case Authors’ Guild v.Google, regarding the lower courts decision that Google Books is within the fair use doctrine of copyright law in its scanning of out of print books for online use. This decision ends ten years of litigation since the lawsuit was first filed in 2005. The authors represented have argued that they are due remuneration for the works used by Google, but the courts have not found that to be necessary. The decision was not unexpected, as several appellate courts have already upheld the original decision. More information can be found in this NY Times article.

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