November 20, 2009

French publishers calls GoogleBS piracy and continue court case against it


Less than a week after it presented a “revised” version of the Google Book Search deal with the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild to considerable criticism in the US (see the earlier MobyLives report), Google has gotten a a “hostile reception” from the French publishing industry to its subsequent proposal for scanning French books into its control for sale online.

According to an Agence France Presse wire story, a statement released by the French Publisher’s Association (known by its French acronym, the SNE) says Google’s new proposals “do not mark any progress on the essential question of non-English language works pirated by Google.”

Continuing in no uncertain terms, the statement says, “The SNE is maintaining its position by asking Google to respect the essential principle of prior consent by authors and publishers for use of their works.”

In fact, the SNE has an ongoing court case against Google for — in the AFP’s words — “counterfeiting French books by digitizing them and posting them online,” and says it has no plans to drop the case.

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him on Twitter at @mobylives