The decision is a “win” for Fair Use and researchers. There’s a good deal of quality news coverage available. PC Magazine has a good piece with some history and this:
Judge Denny Chin, formerly of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, dismissed the author advocacy group’s 8-year-old copyright lawsuit against Google on Thursday. Google’s Books project is protected by U.S. fair use doctrine, Chin ruled.
The benefits of the Google Books project “are many,” Chin wrote in his ruling. “Google Books provides a new and efficient way for readers and researchers to find books. It makes tens of millions of books searchable by words and phrases.”
Google Books has become “an essential research tool, as it helps librarians identify and find research sources, it makes the process of interlibrary lending more efficient, and it facilitates finding and checking citations,” Chin added.
“For the reasons set forth in this Opinion, plaintiffs’ motion for partial summary judgment is denied and Google’s motion for summary judgment is granted. Judgment will be entered in favor of Google dismissing the Complaint.”
View the document here: Google summary judgment final.