23 October 2015

Google Books Wins When Court of Appeals Rejected Author Guild's Copyright Infringement Claim

Google Books Project Example Book Snippet

Late last week the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Author Guild’s claim that the Google Books Project infringes on copyright. 

I personally find the Google Books Projects and its snippet feature very helpful when doing family history research.  Seeing a snippet in a book has sent me on a mission to then try and find a hard-cover version of the book, either in a library or for purchase for my research, or to access an e-version via The Internet Archive, Hathitrust, or via similar online projects.  Without some of the snippets I have come across, I would have never thought to consult some of the books which have popped up and which I have then used as wonderful sources for clues, obscure document references, historical context and more.

You can read the various details about the lawsuit and the issued opinion as written by those more knowledgeable than I.

+ Google prevails in copyright appeal (The Legal Genealogist)

Interested in the nitty-gritty details?  Check out the full opinion in Authors Guild vs Google, Inc.

Here’s some press from non-genealogical perspectives ...
+ Big Win For Fair Use In Google Books Lawsuit (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

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