Jason Bloom in Inside Counsel: Google wins latest round in legal battle over copyright infringement


Google has won a closely watched fight with the Authors Guild over copyright infringement and related issues.

Last week, a three-judge panel from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Authors Guild v. Google that Google Books can scan millions of copyrighted books because it is legal under the “fair use doctrine" ...

But Jason Bloom, head of the copyright practice group at Haynes and Boone, said the appellate court “was not persuaded by the Authors Guild’s argument that Google’s system created a risk that the works as a whole could be hacked and distributed.”

“The 2nd Circuit reached the right result by finding that the Google Books projects is a transformative fair use,” he added. “The court also considered the fact that the use is largely for educational purposes and, although Google is a for-profit entity, it is not deriving a profit directly from this project.”

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