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Judge Says 'All Society Benefits' From Google Books

Judge Says 'All Society Benefits' From Google Books
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Google was handed a resounding endorsement of its Google Books program on Thursday morning in its long-running legal dispute with the Authors Guild.

In granting Google’s motion for summary judgment and dismissing the eight-year-old copyright infringement case, Denny Chin, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, said the massive book-digitization project doesn’t violate copyright law. Chin also described the many ways in which he believes the effort benefits writers, readers, scholars, libraries, and the public at large. “Indeed,” he wrote, “all society benefits.”