Transformative Use Runs Amok

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The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its long awaited decision on 16 October in the decade-old copyright litigation, referred to as Google Books. Finding that Google's scanning of millions of in-copyright books and providing excerpts for free over the internet as 'snippets' is a fair use, the Second Circuit took the opportunity to expand the 'transformative use' definition used in fair use analysis. Many believe this is a further encroachment on copyright protection that is detrimental to authors and other copyright owners.

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