Google wins 11-year court battle over book rights

Authors Guild loses multibillion dollar legal battle over Google Books.

@seanridgeley
Published Tue, Apr 19 2016 12:34 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:00 PM CST

In 2005, the Authors Guild sued Google for scanning book excerpts for its database. 11 years later, the battle is over, and Google has won resoundingly following a judgment from the Supreme Court, which denied the option for appeal.

Google wins 11-year court battle over book rights | TweakTown.com

The Guild claimed the project hurt authors' abilities to make money from their work, while Google claimed everything it was doing was protected under fair use laws. After the ruling, both parties echoed these sentiments.

"We believed then and we believe now that authors should be compensated when their work is copied for commercial purposes," said Authors Guild president Roxana Robinson.

Meanwhile, a Google spokesperson stated, "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."

Should Google has lost the case, it would have faced billions of dollars in damages.

NEWS SOURCE:bbc.com

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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