Google can continue to scan millions of books for an online library without violating copyright laws, the US court of appeal ruled recently.
Source: BBC Business
Date: October 19th, 2015
1) The critical part of this ruling in favor of Google and against the authors/publishers is: “Google’s division of the page into tiny snippets is designed to show the searcher just enough context surrounding the searched term to help her evaluate whether the book falls within the scope of her interest (without revealing so much as to threaten the author’s copyright interests).” Do you agree or disagree? If you agree with the judge, then come up with some metric that is based in logic for how long a “tiny snippet” is.
2) What other otherwise copyrighted things might Google be able to chop into “tiny snippets” and allow users to search legally?