U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision regarding Authors Guild v. HathiTrust

In its decision of 10 June 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected the appeal in the dispute between the Authors Guild and the Hathitrust Digital Library (HDL).

While the Second Circuit largely upheld the District Court's ruling, this opinion notably narrowed the District Court's understanding of "transformativeness," and also disagreed with the District Court's holding that using digital copies to facilitate access for print-disabled patrons is a transformative use, though the Second Circuit ultimately found this was still a "valid purpose" and a fair use.

The full decision is available here. See also the Authors Guild’s comments under http://www.authorsguild.org/.