Google Inc. got a friendly ruling from a federal appeals panel that stripped a group representing authors of class-action status as the search engine defends itself against claims that its plan to create the world's largest digital library will violate copyrights, the Associated Press reports. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it was too early for authors to be considered as a group in a lawsuit brought against the Mountain View, Calif.-based company by the Authors Guild. A three-judge panel of the Manhattan court said a judge presiding over the 8-year-old case must consider fair use issues before...
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