Three French publishers are taking Google to court after they scanned thousands of the said publisher’s books allegedly without permission according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Gallimard, Flammarion and Albin Michel, the three publishers, filed a complaint with a Paris court, together demanding 9.8 million Euros, or approximately$13 million American dollars. They are suing for forgery, claiming that the money is compensation for nearly 10 000 books they say Google digitally scanned without permission and made available online.
Google insists that the manner of their book-scanning activities is perfectly legal and are examining the summons.
“We were surprised to receive this new claim … We remain convinced of the legality of Google Books and its compliance with French laws and international copyright,” it said in a statement.
“We are committed to continue working with publishers to help them develop their digital offering and to make their works accessible to Internet users in France and abroad.”
The article reveals this is not the first time such a claim has been made. Another French publisher, La Martiniere, sued Google with the same claim in 2009 and won the case. In the US also, court also overturned a deal Google had struck to scan masses of American books.