December 17, 2009
French Court finds Google Guilty of Copyright Infringement
A court in Paris earlier today found Google guilty of violating copyright agreements in its bid to digitize the world's works of literature. A lawsuit filed by French publisher La Martiniere Group has resulted in a judgment against the Internet giant. The court ordered Google to pay €300,000 (approximately $430,000) in damages and to stop digitizing works published in France. French publishers are not covered by an agreement Google made with publishers in the United States, Great Britain, Canada and Australia. The agreement with English speaking publishers which was negotiated with Google after a similar suit was filed by the U.S. Authors Guild, requires Google to seek out and remunerate authors of works published by parties to the agreement. The settlement has to be upheld by an American court before Google is forced to comply with it. Google, which has not yet reached agreements with authors or publishers from other regions continues to scan books and make snippets of works covered by copyright available while publishing out-of-print works in their entirety. The search engine says it has already scanned an digitally published over 10million pieces of literature.