Google Books: Droit D’ Auteur

Avid readers of the Lawdit Reading Rooms will recall many reports into the implications of copyright infringement in respect of Google’s plans to digitalise the world’s books into one online library.

The focus of these reports have been in relation to the various challenges by US publishers. However, in this update we are focusing on an action bought by a number of French publishers.

“The case is believed to be the first time that Google’s scheme has been tested in court outside the US.” reports Ben Hall of the Financial Times.

It should be remembered that the French regime of copyright law is more favorable to its authors and creators than say the US and the UK (with some calling for a new “up to date copyright act” for the UK).

The French publishers are taking issue with the fact that Google’s scheme could be damaging to future sales of the formers’ works and their rights to the copyright of those works.

The French publishers’ action means that existing times are ahead for the law of copyright.

More to follow soon….

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