BERLIN, Sept 1 Germany's government has
submitted written arguments to a court in New York against plans
by Internet group Google (GOOG.O) to publish millions of scanned
books online, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday.
Google has sealed a deal with author and publisher groups in
the United States allowing it to copy books for the Internet,
but the agreement has drawn criticism.
Germany has complained that Google had scanned books from
U.S. libraries for a database without asking the owners, and
there are also fears the service will be expensive for libraries
as it is unclear what Google may charge them.
"We hope that the court will not give its approval to the
accord, or at least that it will remove German authors and
publishers ... so they are unaffected," said German Justice
Minister Brigitte Zypries in a ministry statement.
If that happens, Germans could decide for themselves whether
to make their works available to Google.
German officials will take part in a fairness hearing on
Oct. 7, said the ministry.
Last week, the European Union's media commissioner said she
backed the Google deal. [ID:nLR45300]
(Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Rupert Winchester)