Can Google Prove Its Digitized Books Are ‘Fair Use’?
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) will argue that its Google Books service, which posts digital excerpts from more than 20 million books online, does not infringe copyright law in a federal court in Manhattan on Monday.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Google will face off against the Authors Guild, which is accusing Google of making significant profits from Google Books that have not been passed on to authors and that the free access to those books online hurts book sales. Google argues that its service actually helps promote book sales and makes research easier through digital searching.
“Google has engaged in a massive campaign of bulk copying of books, which could adversely affect actual and potential markets for copyrighted books,” the Authors Guild said in a court brief seen by Bloomberg.
“Plaintiffs have adduced no evidence that Google Books has displaced the sale of even a single book,” Google responded via its own filing. “A survey of authors has shown that the majority of authors approve of their inclusion in Google Books.”