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WSJ article - Google Books: Court Dismisses Authors' Lawsuit


Jacob Gershman And
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg

Updated Nov. 14, 2013 3:59 p.m. ET

Google Inc. won a major victory in its long-running battle over the company's right to scan tens of millions of books.

A federal judge in New York on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by an authors' group that accused the company of copyright infringement over its digital copying project.

U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin ruled that while Google didn't obtain permission from copyright holders to scan their works, those concerns were outweighed by other factors. He said Google's effort was permitted under copyright law's fair-use doctrine, which allows limited copying of a work for purposes such as criticism, research and news reporting.