French publisher sues Google for piracy

6th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 6, 2006 (AFP) - A French publishing group said Tuesday it was suing the US search engine Google for piracy over its controversial effort to digitise millions of books for online viewing.

PARIS, June 6, 2006 (AFP) - A French publishing group said Tuesday it was suing the US search engine Google for piracy over its controversial effort to digitise millions of books for online viewing.

La Martinière, which owns publishers Le Seuil in France, Delachaux and Niestle in Switzerland and Harry N. Abrams in the United States, accuses Google of "counterfeiting and breach of intellectual property rights".

The lawsuit, to be filed in a Paris court, targets both Google France and its parent company, the US group Google Inc.

Last year, Google launched a project to scan millions of books taken from the collections of several major world libraries.

Users can search and access the full text of books in the public domain, as well as short extracts of copyrighted books.

Google — which has undertaken to copy every book in the libraries' collections unless specifically denied permission from its publisher — has already faced several lawsuits over the scheme.

France's National Publishers' Union (SNE), which represents 400 publishers, has repeatedly condemned the library project and threatened legal action.

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