Thursday, June 29, 2006

Google Library Project Wins German Legal Victory

Google won a legal victory for its library book scanning project in a German court, according to a story in the Guardian. A book publisher, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG), backed by the German publishers association, had asked for an injunction to prevent Google from scanning its books as part of its project.

The article states:

The copyright chamber of the regional court of Hamburg indicated though it did not rule specifically that it agreed by telling WBG that its petition for an injunction was unlikely to succeed. The court rejected WBG's argument that the scanning of its books in the US infringes German copyright law.

How much effect, if any, will this have on the U.S. lawsuit against the library project? In any event, this must raise Google's expectations of a positive outcome on this side of the Atlantic.

I previously wrote about the U.S. lawsuit: "Debating the Google Library Lawsuit."

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