earlier this month of a French lawsuit becoming the third one I knew about
filed against Google over its book scanning project. Turns out, there was a
fourth one — based out of Germany. But now we’re back to three, as Google has
just announced that the German one has been withdrawn.
WBG, a German publisher, today decided to drop its petition for preliminary
injunction against the Google Books Library Project. WBG (whose legal action was
supported by the German Publishers Association as an industry model) made the
decision after being told by the Copyright Chamber of the Regional Court of
Hamburg that its petition was unlikely to succeed.
It’s our belief that the display of short snippets from in-copyright books does
not infringe German copyright law. Today the Court indicated that it agreed,
drawing a comparison with the snippets used in Google web search. And the Court
also rejected the WBG’s argument that the scanning of its books in the U.S.
infringed German copyright law.