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Court ruling on HathiTrust case

This week, the U. S. District Court (SDNY) issued an Opinion & Order in the Authors Guild lawsuit against HathiTrust et al., finding that retention and use of millions of digital books for purposes of preservation, text search, and accessibility for the visually impaired were within the limits of fair use.

For a good analysis and discussion of the Judge’s Opinion, see the following resources:

Kenneth Crews, Columbia University Libraries  http://copyright.columbia.edu/copyright/2012/10/11/court-rules-on-hathitrust-and-fair-use/

Nancy Sims, Copyright Program Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries http://blog.lib.umn.edu/copyrightlibn/2012/10/authors-guild-v-hathi-trust-a-win-for-copyrights-public-interest-purpose.html

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