After more than a decade of legal battles, a federal court affirmed the lawfulness of Google Books, the large-scale effort by Google to create a digitized, searchable repository of the world’s texts. The decision was based on whether or not the project counts as fair use, a concept codified into law in 1976- long before the Internet became a worldwide network for sharing content. On Tech Tuesday, we’ll look at the details of the Google Books case and what the decision means for our ability to use and share information in the digital age.


  • Lateef Mtima Founder and Director, Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice; Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law
  • Adam Eisgrau Managing Director of the Office of Government Relations, American Library Association
  • Sandra Aistars Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

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