Google Books Can Proceed As Supreme Court Rejects Authors Guild Appeal

An anonymous reader writes: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Google’s online book library — Google Books — from authors who complained that the project makes it harder for them to market their work. The Authors Guild and other writers had claimed that Google’s scanning of their books should be deemed as copyright infringement and not fair use. The Supreme Court let stand the lower court opinion that rejected the writers’ claims. The decision today means Google Books won’t have to close up shop or ask publishers for permission to scan.The ruling, Mary Rasenberger, executive director of the authors group, said, “misunderstood the importance of emerging online markets for books and book excerpts. It failed to comprehend the very real potential harm to authors resulting from its decision. The price of this short-term public benefit may well be the future vitality of American culture.”

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