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Saturday, 19 December 2009

GOOGLE BOOKS LOSE FRENCH COURT CASE

The all-powerful Google have come unstuck in France with their book scanning program -

A French court ruled that Google's expansion into digital books breaks France's copyright laws, and a judge slapped the Internet search leader with a $14,300-a-day fine until it stops showing literary snippets.

Google was also ordered to pay $430,000 in damages and interest to French publisher La Martiniere, which brought the case on behalf of a group of French publishers.

Google attorney Alexandra Neri said the company would appeal.

The judgment will have little or no effect on Internet users outside of France.

French books that are in Google's database with publishers' consent will remain searchable, even in France.

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