Since ancient times, the idea of having a universal library in several different forms has been tried by many but unsuccessfully. Although, the earlier attempts made in this regard have failed, the idea of providing access to unlimited resources of knowledge has inspired Google Inc. to make efforts in this regard. The impact of this project is considered to be so significant that a number of articles have been written in this regard.
Akhil Prasad (2008) in his article, “Armageddon on the digital superhighway: Will Google’s e-library project weather the storm?” has evaluated the concept of copyright in the digital age as an intellectual property as well as the utilitarian objectives that the intellectual property rights try to achieve. Therefore in this regard, there is the concept of ‘fair use’ that is commonly used in the US Copyright Law and this concept has been critically analyzed by the author. At the same time, the author has also gone through the court battle that is going on between Google Inc. and Authors Guild and Publishers. In this way, after examining the arguments forwarded by both sides, the author has tried to justify the act of Google by using the doctrine of fair use. At the same time, this work is also significant due to reason that with the help of this article, the readers may be in a position to appreciate the significant requirement which provides that the copyright laws should be written again, particularly in view of the digital age. For this purpose, the author has discussed several cases so that the concept of fair use can be discussed in detail. As a result, in the end this article states that the project undertaken by Google to digitize the copyrighted books can be considered as fair, keeping in view the doctrine of fair use.