Google argues that its book search passes fair use tests 'with ease'

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Google argues that its book search passes fair use tests 'with ease'

Jul 30 2012

In its motion for Summary Judgment in the Authors Guild vs. Google, filed on July 27, Google attorneys argue that its keyword searchable index of books scanned from library shelves "passes with ease" the ultimate test of fair use, because it provides "enormous transformative benefit" to the public, without "reducing the value" of any authors' work.

Google's 46-page brief sticks to two major arguments: supporting its fair use defense, and attacking the Authors Guild claim that Google illegally "distributed" copies back to participating libraries. And, on both counts, Google attorneys suggest, the case isn't even close.

Responses to the motions for Summary Judgment are due August 24, with replies to the responses due September 17. Barring a delay, or a win at the Summary Judgment stage, oral arguments are set to begin October 9.

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