Since 2005, Google has been in an on-going legal battle with the US Authors Gild, who tried to sue the search giant over it’s digital library plans. Google have now won the battle.
At the core of Google’s defense argument was the fact that it planned to only publish snippets of text from book, thus, Google insists, means it falls within the ‘fair use’ rules of copyright law.
Judge Denny Chin agreed with Google’s argument on fair use, and added that the Google Digital Library project also provided ‘significant public benefits’.
Google did previously try to negotiate an agreement with publishers and their authors and in 2008 Google agreed to pay $125 million towards a fund for compensating authors of copyrighted material that Google scanned to it’s online platform, as well as agreeing to rules about just how much of a publication Google could make searchable online.
However back in 2011, the US court put pay to the agreement, citing that set-up gave Google a monopoly to copy books. It was seemingly this situation that caused publishers to negotiate independently and reach an undisclosed agreement.