Google Gets Another Win in Book-Scanning Court Challenge (CHE)

October 16, 2015

by

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit handed Google another victory on Friday in a high-profile case about copyright infringement, declaring that its scanning of books as part of the Google Books project constitutes fair use. In its ruling, a unanimous three-judge panel of the court upheld a federal judge’s 2013 ruling against the Authors Guild, which sued the tech giant in 2005.

However, the court noted that individual libraries could “incur liability by negligent mishandling” of copies of books obtained through Google Books, “leaving them unreasonably vulnerable to hacking.” But the court also noted that this was “nothing more than a speculative possibility.”

James Grimmelmann, a professor of law at the University of Maryland at Baltimore who has followed the case, said on Twitter that the ruling represented a resounding victory for Google:

Read the ruling.

About Ryan C. Fowler

Ryan is a curricular fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. He also teaches at Franklin and Marshall College and Lancaster Theological Seminary.
This entry was posted in Online Education Forum. Bookmark the permalink.