January 18, 2022

Google Ends Legal Dispute With French Authors Over Scans

From Bloomberg: Google, owner of the world’s largest search engine, ended legal disputes with a French publishing trade group and a French authors’ association over the U.S. company’s scanning of books. The Syndicat National de l’Edition, which represents more than 600 publishers, and the SGDL Society of Authors agreed with Google to end litigation over […]

France Passes New Laws on the "Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books"

The Global Legal Monitor from the Library of Congress provides a summary of the recently passed legislation but writer/tweeter @BlankTextField (based in France) says the article include a few inaccuracies. From the Global Legal Monitor This Law adds a new chapter to the French Intellectual Property Code, comprising articles L.134-1 to L.134-9. Article L. 134-1 […]

Google/Ipsos Release Mobile Internet & Smartphone Adoption Statistics For US, UK, Germany, France and Japan

New research from a Google/Ipsos Partnership. From a Google Mobile Ads Blog Post: Mobile devices are mainstream. In fact, according to our newest research more consumers in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan use a mobile phone (feature phone or smartphone) than a computer (desktop or laptop). But our most significant findings centered on […]

Reuters: Hachette Says France Ready for Digital Books

From a Reuters Report: Arnaud Nourry, the CEO of Hachette Books Group, predicted that e-books would take off in France this year and that the market would benefit from the relatively late adoption of digital reading because it would benefit from lessons learned elsewhere. Strict rules that prevent booksellers from cutting prices, and a love […]

Google Book-Scanning Lawsuit Is Dropped by French Publishers

From Bloomberg: Three French publishers dropped a 9.8 million-euro ($13.8 million) lawsuit against Google Inc. (GOOG) over books scanned by the search-engine company. Editions Albin Michel SA, Editions Gallimard SA and Flammarion made the decision in order to resume negotiations to reach a deal on scanning copyright-protected works for Google’s digital library. “Google suspended negotiations” […]

Google Books: "Google Strikes Deal With French Publisher La Martiniere Groupe"

From Dow Jones Newswires: The deal is the second major agreement the web giant reaches with a publishing house, following a controversy over the group’s digital library project. [Clip] “This collaboration constitutes an important step in our relationships with French publishers and contributes to the preservation of the French culture,” Philippe Colombet, head of Google […]