Google Loses French ruling

googleA Paris court ruled Friday that Google is breaking French law with its policy of digitizing books, handing the U.S. Internet giant a $14,300-a-day fine until it rids its search engine of the literary extracts. A judge also ordered Google 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. The attorney for Google, Alexandra Neri, said Google plans to appeal the decision. Google’s plans to scan millions of books to make them available online has drawn criticism from publishers and libraries in both the U.S. and Europe. Even if the case doesn’t have much financial impact on Google or force a big change in its book-scanning strategy, it is a reminder that its ambitions are increasingly colliding with fears that the company is getting too powerful. Philippe Colombet, the head of Google’s book scanning project in France, said the company disagrees with the judgment. “French readers now face the threat of losing access to a significant body of knowledge and falling behind the rest of Internet users,” Colombet said.

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