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US Supreme Court Declines to Review Fair Use Finding in Book Copying Case Against Google

Submitted by jboyd on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 09:16

The U.S. Supreme Court has refuse to review the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Authors Guild v. Google, a copyright infringement case originally filed in 2005.  This leaves standing the Second Circuit’s unprecedented expansion of the fair use doctrine—holding that Google’s copying and providing access to some 4 million copyrighted books for profit-making purposes was a fair use. With only seven justices voting whether or not to grant review (Justice Kagan recused herself), the petition faced an uphill battle to gain the four votes necessary for a grant of review.
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