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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

French Publishers vs Google Book Search

IDG News Service reports that The French Publishers’ Association (representing 400 book publishers) has joined La Martinière, both sending lobbyists and lawyers to attack Google Book Search... albeit they list two very silly reasons for their crusade:

  1. The French Publishers’ Association claims that granting access to content without asking the content owner is against fundamental intellectual property laws. Haven’t they heard of “fair use"?
  2. La Martinière claims Google Book Search displays book pages graphically with ragged-edged papers, as if torn from a book, which according to the organization is showing a lack of respect. This argument is so embarrassing, you get the feeling Google is secretly paying these guys to say that...

The discussion started in the forum.

[Thanks Ionut!]


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