US judge weighs Google book copyright case
NEW YORK (AFP) - A federal judge on Monday pointedly questioned attorneys for the Authors Guild in a long-running case on whether Google's book-scanning project violates copyright law.
The two sides presented oral arguments in a hearing on whether the case should be dismissed, or whether the authors can maintain their challenge to the massive digitisation project.
US District Judge Denny Chin said a core question in determining the case is whether there is "benefit to society" in helping users find information from books, facilitating inter-library loans or permitting data mining. All of these functions have been cited by proponents of Google's "Library Project" in legal briefs, Judge Chin said.
An attorney for the guild said that while some uses may benefit society in some instances, it should not override authors' rights to control the content they created.