Google, author body end spat on internet books

PARIS Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:00am EDT

A woman walks past the Google Chicago headquarters logo in Chicago, March 20, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Young

A woman walks past the Google Chicago headquarters logo in Chicago, March 20, 2012.

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PARIS (Reuters) - Internet search provider Google and authors group Society Men of Letters of France (SGDL) have reached an agreement that ends a dispute dating back to 2006 over the publishing of snippets of books on the internet.

The deal puts an end to an appeal procedure, the two groups wrote in a joint statement on Monday.

"The agreement was reached to promote initiatives in favor of digital books' development and create diversity, in compliance with copyrights," they said.

The SGDL, which says it represents 6,000 French and French speaking authors and pays special attention to copyrights with regard to new technological developments, said the agreement would protect their rights on the internet.

(Reporting by Caroline Jacobs; Editing by Mark Potter)

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Overcast451 wrote:
You know – if the same book (in any case) is also in the library – I don’t see what they really have to complain about.

Libraries have provided free books for thousands of years – literally…

Jun 11, 2012 10:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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