To Pay or Not? Appeal for Fair Use and Books

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The case has been hotly debated, in and out of the courtroom. Is it “legal” for Google to scan in all those books, and post “snippets”? With all the back-and-forth, the battle of the books continues.

Now, we’ve got the latest turn… Joseph Ax writes:

“Google Inc’s massive effort to scan millions of books for a digital library violates copyright law, illegally depriving authors of licensing fees, royalties and sales, a lawyer for a group of authors told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday.”

Last year, the federal judge (Denny Chin) ruled in Google’s favor, saying that the scanning and display off snippets does constitute “fair use”. The decision from the appeals court is expected in a few months.

I’m curious… What do you think? Have you read (or heard about the case that has unfolded thus far). Do the authors have a leg to stand on? Or, should Google be allowed to snippet away at their discretion?

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Esther is a full-time freelancer, who draws upon her background to deliver fun and compelling stories. To her, the story and the vehicle(s) of expression are important, but sometimes it's just as essential to explore those areas just outside one's comfort zone. She loves to jump head-first into that deep ravine, and discover where her parachute will take her.


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