Google in row over E.U. distribution

First Apple, now Google. Large American technology companies just can't seem to get a break in the European Union. Just weeks ago, Apple fought a court battle against The Beatles over its right to sell music with its Apple logo through iTunes, while defending against what Apple termed an attempt at "state-sponsored piracy" in France. Now, Google appears headed for a European court. This time it's not over the distribution of music, but literature, and the fight isn't unique to France, where a publishing group is suing. Google's book scanning ventures have also raised the ire of publishers right here at home. "What else is new?" Chris Gilmer asked in his Google blog. "These book publishers do not like Google to use excerpts from their books without permission." Gilmer argues that publishers stand to gain additional sales from increased exposure through the popular search engine. La Martiniere is suing Google France and Google Inc. for counterfeiting and breach of rights by scanning about 100 books into its Google Book Search. Other publishers in France and the United Kingdom have threatened to sue as well, while two similar legal claims are pending in the United States. Google has posted a lengthy explanation of how its Print Library Project works. Within the explanation, the company states that copyrighted materials are not available in full and therefore copyrights are respected. UKFast is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites.

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