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Should Indexing Be Fair Use? The Battle over Google Book Search
March/April 2006 (vol. 4 no. 2)
pp. 80-83
Michael Lesk, Rutgers University
In late 2004, Google announced as part of its Library Project that it would scan millions of books into a searchable online database accessible to anyone using Google Book Search (http://books.google.com). In response, the US Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) sued Google, claiming its book scanning is "massive copyright infringement." Google says its indexing is a legitimate fair use. As in all such discussions, two different questions arise: What does the law say? What would be good public policy?
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Google, indexing, fair use, copyright infringement
Citation:
Michael Lesk, "Should Indexing Be Fair Use? The Battle over Google Book Search," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 80-83, March-April 2006, doi:10.1109/MSP.2006.52
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