The Google Books decision: what it is and why it is important for libraries | EIFL

From the summary of the webinar:

As well as being a big step forward in fair use law in the US, the Google Books decision gives the green light to library digitization projects for purposes such as access to persons with disabilities, preservation and indexing (noting that conditions of use, such as access to snippets or full text, will differ from case to case).

For libraries in other countries, the Google Books decision means that the snippets of text are viewable globally. While it does not create a legal precedent in countries that do not have fair use in their copyright law, the case does provide a basis for library advocacy to adopt fair use, and the benefit it brings to accessing in-copyright content for education, scholarship and discovery. It may also encourage other countries to undertake national digitization projects.

 

Source: The Google Books decision: what it is and why it is important for libraries | EIFL