December 2013

The Authors Guild v. Google and Fair Use

by Lee Gesmer on December 4, 2013

The Authors Guild v. Google and Fair Use

 “[Google Books] could be the most important contribution to the spread of knowledge since Jefferson dreamed of national libraries. It is an astonishing opportunity to revive our cultural past, and make it accessible.” – Lawrence Lessig

“The scale of Google’s plans boggles the mind.”  Prof. James Grimmelmann

” Letting Google organize all of the world’s information makes as much sense as letting Halliburton organize all of the world’s oil.” Evgeny Morozov

Be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh – Ecclesiastes 12:12


As most people with an interest in copyright law, book publishing or Google are aware, Google has undertaken a Herculean task. It’s goal is to digitize and index every word in the world’s books. All 130 million of them, from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the most recent Jack Reacher book by Lee Childs. As to the U.S.… Read the full article