This has certainly taken a long time, though considering it’s related to copyright issues, we should hardly be suprised. Just look how long it took for us to get legal MP3 downloads.

Judge Says Google Book-Scanning Is Fair Use

Google Books “advances the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders,” wrote Judge Denny Chin.