What impact will the Google Book Search saga have on copyright reform?

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Librarians applauded when the U.S. District Court protected Google’s searchable book database in November of last year. In the dismissal of the case, the Court called Google Book Search a fair use under the copyright law. But is the case over, given that the Authors Guild has already filed an appeal?

On Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 1:00-2:30p.m., Google Legal Counsel Fred von Lohmann will discuss the court ruling of the eight-year Google Book Search lawsuit at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Additionally, participants will hear from Laura Quilter of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Lisa Macklin of Emory University. Session speakers will discuss the Google Book Search case, as well as the House Judiciary Committee’s proposal for “The Next Great Copyright Act” and its impact on access, digitization, and fair use in the digital age.

After eight years of litigation, the American Library Association welcomed the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York’s ruling to protect the search database that allows the public to search more than 20 million books.

The session takes place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 114.

Read more ALA Washington Office Midwinter Meeting sessions.

About Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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