WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is turning away a challenge to Google’s online book library from authors who complain that the project makes it harder for them to market their work.
The justices on Monday let stand lower court rulings in favor of Mountain View, California-based Google and rejected the authors’ claim that the company’s digitizing of millions of books amounts to “copyright infringement on an epic scale.”
Lower courts have said that Google can provide small portions of the books to the public without violating copyright laws.
The Authors Guild and individual authors first filed their challenge to Google’s digital book project in 2005. Google Inc. has made digital copies of more than 20 million books from major research libraries and established a publicly available search function.