Excellent news for researchers
This week finally saw judgement delivered in the law suit which the Authors Guild filed against Google / Google Books in an attempt to stop Google scanning millions of books
"After eight years of litigation—including three years in which the parties stumped together for an ill-fated, controversial settlement—Judge Denny Chin last week dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Authors Guild over Google’s mass scanning of library books. In the process, he delivered a crushing blow to opponents of digitization: not only did Chin find Google Books to be legal, he all but declared it totally awesome.......
....... Google’s victory represents a new high-water mark. After years of legal uncertainty, fair use advocates, including libraries and universities as well as tech companies, could emerge in a position of strength, especially in the legislative arena, and at a time when talk of copyright reform is gaining momentum. “If the decisions are affirmed, it will underscore the idea that fair use is a better approach at this point for libraries and higher ed than engaging in endless, and likely unproductive, negotiations with rights holders over legislation......."