Should indexing be fair use? the battle over Google book search

M. Lesk

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In late 2004, Google announced as part of its Library Project that it would scan millions of books into a searchable online database accessible to anyone using Google Book Search ( In response, the US Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) sued Google, claiming its book scanning is "massive copyright infringement." Google says its indexing is a legitimate fair use. As in all such discussions, two different questions arise: What does the law say? What would be good public policy?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-83
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Security and Privacy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Law


  • Copyright infringement
  • Fair use
  • Google
  • Indexing


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