Last October, the 2nd Circuit held that the Google Books project qualified as fair use. The decision came after a decade long legal battle between the Authors Guild and Google. The Authors Guild appealed the case to the Supreme Court, but today was met with rejection. The Supreme Court does not give reasons for rejecting petitions for writ of certiorari, so one can only speculate as to why the court decided not to hear the case. Congratulations to Google: there will not be any more sequels to its legal saga.

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