Monday, July 03, 2006

Legal victory for Google in library project

Legal victory for Google in library project
The Guardian, publication date: 29 June 2006
"As a result Google maintains that books it scans from US libraries on US soil are subject to US copyright even though the publisher may be based in another country. It has much stricter rules on what information can be seen from within copyrighted books digitised as part of its contract with the Bodleian.

Google argued before the Hamburg court that the display of short snippets from in-copyright books does not infringe German copyright law. The copyright chamber of the regional court of Hamburg indicated though it did not rule specifically that it agreed by telling WBG that its petition for an injunction was unlikely to succeed. The court rejected WBG's argument that the scanning of its books in the US infringes German copyright law."

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