July 3, 2014

Scanning of Library Holdings Falls Within ‘Fair Use’

In a closely watched case, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that the scanning of book contents by libraries for archival and research purposes constitutes a ‘Fair Use’ of those copyrighted materials.

In reaching this conclusion, the justices paved the way for a potentially similar finding in litigation now pending against Google Corp. for funding and managing a book-scanning operation on a wider scale.

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