Suit challenging Google's digital library dropped

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A federal judge in New York City has cleared the way for Google to go forward with plans to create the world's largest digital library.

In a ruling issued Thursday, Judge Denny Chin dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild.

The Authors Guild had sought damages of $750 for each copyrighted book Google copied. It argued that Google was not making "fair use" of copyright material by offering snippets of works in its online library.

Mountain View, California-based Google Inc. already has scanned more than 20 million books for the project.

The guild says it plans to appeal.

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