On November 15, Judge Chin of the Southern District of New York issued a long-awaited decision in the Google Books case, Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google Inc. Google Books—the project through which Google provides access to over twenty million books to the public—obtained some of its books from libraries without permission from the copyright owners.
Earlier this month, Google, Inc. (“Google” or “Company”) entered into an agreement with the Attorney Generals of 37 states and the District of Columbia, settling allegations of violation of the participating states’ consumer protection or applicable computer abuse statutes (the “Settlement Agreement”).
In 2004, Google began scanning books with the permission of the libraries possessing copies of the books. Since then, Google has scanned more than 20 million books.
Google has entered into a $17 million settlement agreement with attorneys general from 37 states and the District of Columbia over allegations that the company engaged in unauthorized tracking of users of Apple’s Safari browser in 2011 and 2012.
Even though it was ruled by to be a form of copyright infringement, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ultimately decided Google Books practice of scanning books and making them searchable online constituted fair use. Copyright law certainly has its flaws, especially in dealing with digital products, but the ruling is a signal that the laws are there to incentivize innovation and courts will go that route when it’s appropriate.
On November 14, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed the plaintiff’s copyright suit in The Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google, Inc.
Earlier today the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Google’s motion for summary judgment in the 8-year-running Google Book Search case.The court held that Google’s copying and display of in-copyright books is a noninfringing fair use. The decision is a signal that modern copyright law, despite its many flaws that become apparent in the digital age, will make at least some room for technological innovation.
As I noted months ago in my discussion of Instagram’s flip-flop on its terms of service related to selling user photos, we love our online services, but do not like when they change the rules about what they will and will not do with our private information.
Last week, Judge Robinson of the District of Delaware dismissed a multi-district lawsuit claiming that Google, Vibrant Media, Media Innovation Group, and WPP violated federal privacy and computer security laws by allegedly circumventing browser privacy settings in order to track users online.
In a decisive victory for Google and several co-defendants, a Delaware federal court dismissed the claims of a putative class of individuals who alleged that they were injured by Google’s practice of circumventing certain internet browsers’ cookie blocking software, thereby enabling Google to display targeted advertising.