Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Guilté as Charged: Maybe?

Hold that guillotine!

In December the French courts ruled that Google was to stop scanning and digitising French books without publishers’ approval. The case was bought by one of France's biggest publishing houses, Les Editions du Seuil, who claimed thousands of its works had been digitised without consent. The court ruled that "Google has committed acts of copyright violation to the detriment of Le Seuil" and also ordered Goolgle to pay 300K euros and a gesture of 1 euro to the SNE Publishers' Association and the SGDL Society of Authors.

We thought that was it, done and dusted, but when you have so many lawyers, much at stake and probably a argument or two up your sleeve its never over. Google has now filed an appeal of a court decision.

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