Google reaches agreement to scan French books

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Google reaches agreement to scan French books

Jun 12 2012

Google reports that it has reached an agreement in France that could bring back to life thousands of out-of-print works. The French Publishers Association and the Société des Gens de Lettres, an authors’ group, dropped lawsuits in which they contended that Google's book scanning in France violated copyright. Google agreed to set up a "framework" agreement under which publishers would be able to offer digital versions of their works for Google to sell.

"Our hope is that these pathbreaking partnerships will help jump-start the emerging French electronic book market," said Philippe Colombet, head of Google Books France.

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