Google can digitise every book ever written without paying royalties

Court rules search engine giant can scan text without permission of authors

15th October, 2015

Google can create a digital library of millions of books without paying authors, a US appeals court ruled today, saying the company’s plan is a “fair use” under copyright law.

The company has called its Google Books project “incredibly transformative”, arguing that its mission to help people find books and view excerpts online is legally permitted.

The ruling promises to help California-based Google retain its dominance in online searches....

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