Judge Hands Google a Big Victory in Lengthy Book-Scanning Case

Google has won a major victory in the long legal fight over its scanning and searching of millions of books. A federal judge, Denny Chin, ruled on Thursday that Google's use of copyrighted works in its Google Books program counts as fair use, and he dismissed a lawsuit originally brought by authors and publishers groups in 2005.

The publishers settled with Google in 2012, but the Authors Guild plaintiffs