Google fined over French books copyright case

Technology.am (18 Dec, 2009) — A Paris court has found Google blameworthy of copyright infringement in a judgment which could have consequences for its strategy to digitize the world’s books. The search giant is required to shell out 300,000 Euros (£266,000) in indemnity and interest to French publisher La Martiniere.

google_logoIt was one amongst many to take Google to court for digitizing its books with no precise authorization. Google was in addition was ordered to compensate 10,000 Euros a day until it removes extracts of the books from its entire database.

Google desires to scan millions of books to make them accessible online. This court case will be seen as a triumph for critics of the plan who fear Google is creating a domination over information.

Publisher Herve de La Martiniere launched his court case three years ago however Google unrelenting scanned books throughout this period.

La Martiniere, the French Publishers’ Association and authors’ group SGDL who started the court clash at first demanded that Google be fined 15m Euros (£13.2m).

The book publishers claimed that scanning books was an work of reproduction and, as such, was something that should be paid for.

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