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(Some) French Book Publishers Are Crazy

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

Monday, October 30, 2006
14 years ago4,856 views

"An association representing 400 French book publishers has joined La Martinière Groupe in its lawsuit to stop Google from digitizing books for its Google Book Search service."

Here's one of their problems:

"One of the issues at stake is the way Google presents the search results: They are shown graphically as a ragged-edged piece of paper, as if torn from a book.

That angers the French publishers because it portrays their work as just one step away from the trash can, said Tessa Destais, a spokeswoman for La Martinière.

“We know that Google is powerful, but they have to show some respect for books,” she said Monday." ...

Sohil [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

So they don't care that Google is digitalising their works, they just wan't them to stop Google from making them look like a "ragged-edged piece of paper".

How did these people become authors again.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

They're publishers. They publish books. Written by other people.

JennyPenny [PersonRank 6]

14 years ago #

Yeah, they (the French publishers) are right.

It's not romantic to search for books online (although very convenient) using Google Book Search. I sometimes like searching for books the "old way" – asking the librarian where a certain book is, touching the cover, and flipping the pages while trying to avoid the "stinky, old book smell". =O)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Jenny: romance isn't really part of common laws, though... remember they are *suing* Google/ Google France.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

==="romance isn't really part of common laws, though... "

yeah, romance is very much of a "common law" rule in Canada and certain other part of the world!! :)-

Anyhoot, the French are just snotty times their idea of freedom and what is right and wrong is totally out of wack ..!!

"they have to show some respect for books," – oh yeah ??

Whatever happened to poor Joan of Arc and all that literature which was burnt after she was put at the stake ?

/pd [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

yeah I just picked this up .."Le Monde (France’s big newspaper) just moved 5,000 blogs over to Wordpress" ...

wonder how this publisher will factor in splogs and blog plagiarism :)-

DiGi [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

...old romantic way... Yeah I know it.... "We have only one print of that book, and it is reserved... wait... for 12 peoples. Come here next year and hope".

bwaje [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

There is a big difference between le Monde using GPL technology (like Wordpress) and the conflict Google / french editors; copyright and "droit d'auteur" are really different from each side of the Atlantic; just one example : a canadian photographer can give away – for ever – his copyright on all his material; a french cannot; who is best protected ?

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