Google’s Court Victory Is Good for Scholarly Authors. Here’s Why.

This is an excerpt from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Originally published on October 27, 2015 by Pamela Samuelson. You can find the article posted here:

The Authors Guild has lost the latest round of the copyright battle that it brought against Google more than a decade ago. And though the guild has decried the appellate court’s ruling as “damaging” to authors, it is nothing of the sort. […]

Scholars and nonprofit institutions that service scholarly communities have mounds of materials they would like to digitize and make more accessible. Risks of copyright-infringement lawsuits have sometimes deterred socially valuable digitization efforts. Google’s win in the Authors Guild case reduces this risk significantly (especially since the court held that the guild cannot bring claims of copyright infringement against anyone except with regard to works whose copyrights it owns).