A Snippet of Legality
By admin on Nov 6, 2015 | In Literary
If you've been following the legal battle involving the Authors Guild and various other literary plaintiffs versus Google, the victory -- at least so far -- goes to the search engine giant.
The case involved Google's practice of scanning a huge number of copyright protected books that populate public libraries for the purpose of providing a digital copy to both the library and the Google online archives. The Google archives are then searchable by keyword, and "snippets" (a.k.a. excerpts) of the book are made available to read online. Authors claimed it constituted copyright infringement. Google claimed fair use.
In its recent ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that, although the digital copies constituted derivative works of the originals (and the creation of derivatives is the sole right of the copyright holder), the digitalized snippets are a transformative use in that they provide information about the book without providing the whole book.
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