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French court rules against Google over book copying

Manoj Nahar [PersonRank 4]

Friday, December 18, 2009
13 years ago3,252 views

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

<< Google's ambitious plan to haul large swathes of the world's library onto the Internet suffered a blow Friday when a French court ordered the world's most powerful search engine to stop digitizing copyrighted French books.

The Paris court ruled that the online giant's Google Books project violates the country's copyright laws.

"I don't think anyone wins," said Alexandra Neri, Google France's lawyer. "This decision just holds back the progress of access to online information. Defense of author's rights are a French tradition, but now France could [be] left behind, without access to its own culture." >>,0,548537.story

Jérôme Flipo [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

"President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged nearly $1.1 billion on Monday toward the computer scanning of French literary works, audiovisual archives and historical documents, an announcement that underscored his government’s desire to maintain control over France’s cultural heritage in an era of digitization."

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

"The search giant must pay 300,000 euros (£266,000) in damages and interest to French publisher La Martiniere.

It was one of many to take Google to court for digitising its books without explicit permission.

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