Appeals Court Validates Google’s Mammoth Books Project

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Google won an important legal victory on Friday, when the Second United States Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s judgment in its years-long battle with the Authors Guild over Google Books. The case “tests the boundaries of fair use,” Judge Pierre Leval wrote in the appeals court’s ruling. Google’s unauthorized digitizing of copyright-protected works, creation of search functionality, and displaying of snippets from those works do not constitute infringement, according to the decision.

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