Morning Media Newsfeed: Google Wins Fair Use Case | John Oliver Joins HBO | Baldwin’s Outburst

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Google Wins 8-Year Book-Scanning Battle (GalleyCat)
Google has won its controversial book scanning fight with the Author’s Guild. U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin ruled in favor of Google on Thursday claiming that Google’s massive book scanning project, in which the online giant scanned millions of books and made them available through search without obtaining the permission of the copyright holders, to be legal. According to Chin’s ruling, Google’s project makes life easier for research, makes it easier for libraries to obtain digital copies of books, brings old books to light and gives people who would not have access to books access. GigaOM Chin also rejected the theory that Google was depriving authors of income, noting that the company does not sell the scans or make whole copies of books available. He concluded, instead, that Google Books served to help readers discover new books and amounted to “new income from authors.” Reuters “This is a big win for Google, and it blesses other search results that Google displays, such as news or images,” said James Grimmelmann, a University of Maryland intellectual property law professor who has followed the case. “It is also a good ruling for libraries and researchers, because the opinion recognizes the public benefit of making books available,” he added. Wired / Threat Level If the ruling had gone the other way, Google would have faced the Copyright Act’s hefty damages of up to $150,000 per infringement. NYT Google began its book-scanning project in 2004, without obtaining permission from copyright holders. The next year, groups representing authors and publishers sued Google claiming copyright violations, beginning an eight-year court battle. The Author’s Guild “We disagree with and are disappointed by the court’s decision,” Authors Guild executive director Paul Aiken said. “This case presents a fundamental challenge to copyright that merits review by a higher court. Google made unauthorized digital editions of nearly all of the world’s valuable copyright-protected literature and profits from displaying those works. In our view, such mass digitization and exploitation far exceeds the bounds of fair use defense. We plan to appeal the decision.”

John Oliver Leaving Daily Show to Star in HBO Talk Show (HuffPost)
John Oliver is ending his longtime stint on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart to star in his own weekly talk show on HBO, according to multiple reports. “I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now,” Oliver said in a statement. “I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at The Daily Show for the best seven-and-a-half years of my life. But most of all, I’d like to thank Jon Stewart. He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, it’s entirely his fault.” Capital New York Oliver has been a correspondent on Comedy Central’s late-night comedy news program since 2006, and filled in as host over the Summer when Jon Stewart took a leave of absence to direct a film. HBO cites Oliver’s performance during the summer stint as the impetus behind the hire. “We weren’t otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw Oliver handling host duties on The Daily Show, we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO,” said HBO president Michael Lombardo in a statement. Deadline Hollywood The HBO show, which like the Daily Show will take a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, will debut in 2014, airing on Sunday nights.

MSNBC Host Alec Baldwin Chases After, Curses at, Paparazzo (TVNewser)
MSNBC host Alec Baldwin has been captured — once again — berating a paparazzo outside his apartment. TMZ has video of Baldwin chasing down and threatening a photographer Thursday afternoon. The video shows Baldwin, with his wife and baby, chasing after the photographer, at one point calling him a “c**ksucking f*g.” TMZ.com Baldwin has a bad habit of using language that’s considered offensive to gays. AndrewSullivan.com Staggeringly, Baldwin insisted the rant was not a sign of his homophobia. That’s how entitled he thinks he is. Now we have an almost identical outburst against another indefensible photographic stalker — but after Baldwin won a suit against another stalker. Entertainment Weekly / PopWatch MSNBC did not immediately reply to a comment request. GLAAD has decided Baldwin’s I-wasn’t-really-homophobic credit card has been maxed out. GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro issued this statement: “[He] can’t lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice. It’s clearly time he listens to the calls from so many LGBT people and allies to end this pattern of anti-gay slurs.”