Scanning whole books is fair use

Worth knowing (and maybe worth celebrating, at least a little bit):

A landmark fair use ruling: a judge in the Southern District Court of New York has ruled that Google’s program of scanning books for libraries, and giving them copies to use for full-text search is fair use. The suit was brought by the Authors’ Guild against the Hathitrust Digital Library, which holds the digital books for the library.

via Scanning whole books is fair use – Boing Boing.