Fine for Google over French books

A Paris court has found Google guilty of copyright infringement in a ruling which could have ramifications for its plans to digitise the world’s books.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.Google was also ordered to pay 10,000 euros a day until it removes extracts of the books from its database. see:Google Loses in French Copyright Case
A French court ruled on Friday that Google infringed copyrights by digitizing books and putting extracts online without authorization, dealing a setback to its embattled book project.The court in Paris ruled against Google after a publishing group, La Martinière, backed by publishers and authors, argued that the industry was being exploited by Google’s Book Search program, which was started in 2005. Book Search violates French copyright law
Google’s preferred way of indexing information — doing it without permission, relying on fair use or fair dealing laws — has run into yet another spot of trouble in Western Europe. A French court has just ruled that the advertising giant must pay €300,000 in damages to a French publishing group for scanning, indexing, and displaying snippets of its work as part of Google Book Search.

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