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Jan/06

Google Cache Found To Be Fair Use


Strange case. Website owner sues Google for copyright infringement based on its practice of providing links to cached versions of his website. There is no explanation why author did not use tages to tell Google to exclude his site. The Court pointedly commented that if plaintiff had merely used such tags, there would be no suit. Held: Google’s cache constitutes fair use.
Why was this suit brought? Reader Henry from NYC points us to page 24 of the decision: “Field decided to manufacture a claim for copyright infringement against Google in the hopes of making money from Google’s standard practice.”

Field v. Google, CV-S- 04-0413 (D. Nevada Jan 12 2006)
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UPDATE: EFF commentary on case.

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