Decade-Long Copyright Battle Comes to an End

For the last decade, Google has been in a heated copyright battle with authors over Google Books.

Zoe Slagel, Columnist

Google is pretty well-known, anything can be searched with the help of Google. In 2004, a branch called “Google Books” started up. It worked a lot like Google with plenty of information as it scanned books and used them to create a large database. Quotes and keywords can be searched to display paragraphs or pages.

Soon after starting up in 2005, a community for author’s rights, Author’s Guild, complained about Google Books. The group complained about how “Google Books had undermined writers by putting their work online for free,” according to The Washington Post. Google Books wasn’t actually undermining authors. The company didn’t put the books up for free either. Google Books put up quotes and little snippets of books to entice readers to look more into the book; in fact, it work to persuade them to buy it. Some authors may have not even been recognized without Google Books.

In 2011, a settlement between the two was declined by a district court judge .Last year, the case reached the U.S. Court of Appeals. A panel of three judges sided with Google on the matter. The Supreme Court was then asked to review the case by the Author’s Guild. The request was denied. Google was grateful that the court agreed to uphold the decision of the Second Circuit.