Thing is, the Authors Guild might even have hurt some of its members if the AG had prevailed against Google—given the importance of fair use in the researching and writing of books. Not to mention other purposes such as news reporting!
Granted, quoting people within fair use for biographies and other books is not exactly the same as Google-style snippeting. But I hate to see fair use weakened in any way.
“Google has constructed the snippet feature in a manner that substantially protects against its serving as an effectively competing substitute for plaintiffs’ books,” Judge Pierre N. Leval wrote for the court.
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