Google wins book scanning case

Image of Mike Magee's translation of the Matrikabheda Tantra, snapped from Google BooksA US appeals court said on Friday that Google isn’t breaching copyright by digitising books and displaying chunks of them in its Google Books pages.

Authors had been pursuing Google in court for a decade in the belief that Google Books would hurt their royalties.

But a Manhattan court of appeals ruled that because Google only showed snippets of books that meant it wasn’t breaking copyright law.

The judges said that only showing snippets wouldn’t harm authors’ royalties substantially.

They said that the 20 million books that Google had scanned in never amounted to 16 percent of the content of the book.