11/22/2010

French Google book project case is settled

In "Why is the French deal of Hachette with Google so much better than the one reached by the US publishing companies?", French lawyers Diane Mullenex and Jacques Mandrillon report that
On the 17th of November, Google and Hachette Livre, the largest publisher in France and the No.2 trade publisher by sales worldwide . . . reached an agreement authorizing Google to scan and sell electronically its out-of-print French language titles under the control of the publisher. This agreement covers about 50,000 French titles, including literature and nonfiction works, still under copyright protection.
Of special interest: their explanation of how the French settlement differs from the settlement of the U.S. case, and their explanation for why, in their view, the French settlement is better.