Google's Book-Scanning Project Legal: U.S. Appeals Court

by Reuters /  / Updated 

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A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that Google's massive effort to scan millions of books for an online library does not violate copyright law, rejecting claims from a group of authors that the project illegally deprives them of revenue.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected infringement claims from the Authors Guild and several individual writers, finding the project provides a public service without violating intellectual property law.

The authors sued Google, whose parent company is now named Alphabet Inc , in 2005, a year after the project launched.

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