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A US Circuit Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Google Books, rejecting the Authors Guild's allegations of copyright infringement. Judge Denny Chin sided with Google's argument that displaying small excerpts of scanned books in search results is protected by the fair-use doctrine.
The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York finally ruled today that the class formed by The Authors Guild against the Google book-scanning program was inappropriately certified by Judge Denny Chin, the judge overseeing the case. The overturning judgement ruled that the certification was made before deciding if the "fair use" defense allows Google to legally display snippets of books it has scanned.
An appeals court judge has temporarily halted trial court proceedings between Google and thousands of authors represented by The Authors Guild pending appeal of an order granting the group of authors class-status. The appeals court has given Google permission to challenge the May 31 decision by Judge Denny Chin to let the authors sue as a group rather than individually.
In a brief order issued by the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, Google has won the right to appeal the granting of class status to authors affiliated with The Authors Guild suing over the multi-million dollar book scanning project. The hearing for the appeal has not been scheduled.