Google Books' Legal Beef Might Actually Be Over
Google was sued by the Authors Guild in 2005. Yep, this thing has been going on for over a decade.By Samantha Crook | April 18, 2016
On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to review the ongoing Google Books case — which means the painfully lengthy legal battle may be over for real this time.
Google was sued by the Authors Guild for copyright infringement over its mission to scan millions of books to create a searchable database. That was in 2005. That's right, this thing has been going on for over a decade.
"The concern by critics is that this case could be precedent setting ... that would set the rules of the road for how you access a book online, how you read a book online be it on your mobile phone or whatever in the future," a reporter told C-SPAN.