Google Convicted of Copyright Infringement in France

Back to Goog_bk_srch_logo.jpgGoogle in France, a Paris court ruled against the search giant in a case over copyright infringement of French books scanned as part of the Google Books project. The judge determined that Google must pay euro300,000 ($430,000) to French publisher La Martiniere in damages and interest, according to the Associated Press.

This news comes hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement from a French consortium that it could outdo Google in book scanning. Google ain’t too popular in France this week.

Whether or not this ruling in France will have any bearing on the still unconfirmed Google settlement being hammered out in a New York court is uncertain. It’s likely to give rise to strong reactions in the European publishing community, however.