Google Books spying; drawing by Electroinics Frontier Foundation

Google Books: “Fair Use” Distorted Beyond Recognition


Copyright law permits “fair use” of copyrighted content. That is, under the “fair use” doctrine, an author’s work can be used without his or her permission. Examples include commentary, search engines, criticism, parody, news reporting, research, and scholarship. It’s a big, complicated subject, and the digital age has only made it bigger and more complicated. Enter Google,…