Court: Searchable books database is 'fair use'

Jun 10, 2014

A New York federal appeals court says the creation of a full-text searchable database of millions of books is a fair use of copyrighted works.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The case was brought after several research universities agreed to let Google electronically scan their . Those schools included the University of Michigan, the University of California at Berkeley, Cornell University and the University of Indiana.

Authors and several authors' groups sued after 13 universities in 2008 announced plans to create a repository for the . The repository has more than 10 million books.

The also said the copyrighted works can be provided in formats accessible to people with disabilities.

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24volts
not rated yet Jun 10, 2014
Good!
Patricia Konarski Tucson UA
not rated yet Jun 23, 2014
I agree with this decision: That making books searchable via electronic scanning is a part of the fair use doctrine. From my perspective as a writer, editor and now-retired librarian, the argument for the ability to do so under such a protection outweighs all other arguments.

Patricia Konarski
--Freelance editor and owner of Patricia Konarski Literary Services of Tucson

P.S. I intend on scanning my whole collection of books as well. I have started my research on how to go about doing that, too: http://www.diyboo...5#p17835

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