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Google Book Search is a controversial tool from Google that searches the full text of books that Google scans and stores in its digital database. The publishing industry and writers' groups have criticized the project's inclusion of snippets of copyrighted works as infringement. The Authors Guild of America and Association of American Publishers have separately sued Google, citing "massive copyright infringement." Google claims its project represents a fair use, and is the digital age equivalent of a card catalog with every word in the publication indexed.

Does Google's picture search feature, which displays small thumbnail versions of images found on other Web sites, violate US and / or German copyright law? See: Green light for search engines to use thumbnail images?

In the last years, Links & Law reported about the development of search engine law. For all news between 2004 and 2010 click here!

Google's email service, GMail rises several privcy concerns. Check out the GMail special coverage!


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The future of Google's image search in Germany

Privacy Officials criticize Google

Google & Co v. Trademark Owners: The latest AdWord-News from the USA

Google & Co v. Trademark Owners: The latest AdWord-News from Europe



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