The law is full of questions that oftentimes do not have straightforward answers. For many of the questions, the law looks to the courts for resolution. Litigation is a complex, time-consuming, multilevel, and expensive process but it is also a necessary and valuable tool to provide specific answers to specific questions. In addition, under the US legal system, a court decision in one case becomes a "precedent" that can guide future cases that raise similar issues. In any given year there are a number of lawsuits that impact the information industry and this year is no exception. The (probable) resolution of the long-standing Authors Guild versus Google Books litigation is one of the highlights of the year. It's been hard to ignore the privacy issues raised by the revelation of several NSA surveillance programs. These are not the only ongoing lawsuits impacting the information industry.
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