Google wins copyright case vs book authors

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  • Google Inc. won in a case filed by a professional authors’ group regarding copyright issues
  • The tech giant was sued for providing scanned book pages online for search purposes
  • The IT company said that the scanned pages are covered by “fair use” as these are only used for an online catalog

Tech giant Google Inc. has won in a copyright infringement case filed by Authors Guild, a professional organization of writers in the United States of America, concerning the IT company’s move to provide scanned copies of several book pages in its search engine.

In an article published by BBC on April 18, 2016, it was disclosed that the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Google, which claimed that the scanned book pages it made available on the internet are covered by “fair use.

According to company officials, searchable portions of copyrighted materials only serve as “a card catalog for the digital age” and does not intend to violate intellectual property laws.

We are grateful that the court has agreed to uphold the decision of the Second Circuit which concluded that Google Books is transformative and consistent with copyright law,” Google said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Authors Guild president Roxana Robinson said that her organization is very much disappointed with the court’s decision as it seemed to have tolerated such an unlawful practice.

She also added that posting copies of books on the internet deprive authors of their right to earn from their work.

Today authors suffered a colossal loss. We filed the class action lawsuit against Google in September 2005 because, as we stated then, ‘Google’s taking was a plain and brazen violation of copyright law.’ We believed then and we believe now that authors should be compensated when their work is copied for commercial purposes,” Robinson said.