7-Year Battle To Stop Google From Digitizing Libraries Is Ending With A Whimper


“Last week, the long-running lawsuit between Google and the Association of American Publishers that the AAP launched in 2005 was settled. Under its terms, “[t]he settlement acknowledges the rights and interests of copyright-holders. US publishers can choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project. Those deciding not to remove their works will have the option to receive a digital copy for their use. [..] “I cannot imagine a definition of fair use that would not encompass the transformative uses made by Defendants’ [Mass Digitization Project] and would require that I terminate this invaluable contribution to the progress of science and cultivation of the arts that at the same time effectuates the ideals espoused by the [Americans with Disabilities Act],” Baer wrote. [..] The Guild still has one big gun still in play: the Guild’s lawsuit against Google itself.”

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