Google Forges Agreement With La Martiniere Group

Google has signed a deal with French publishing house La Martiniere Group that will allow them to continue to scan books that are no longer on sale, but are still protected by copyright.

Google has faced a number of lawsuits from publishers and authors including suits from the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers for scanning books that are copyright protected. In 2008, Google reached a settlement to pay $125 million to publishers and authors for digitizing their books.

Fox Business has more about the French agreement: “The deal is the second major agreement the web giant reaches with a publishing house, following a controversy over the group’s digital library project…’This collaboration constitutes an important step in our relationships with French publishers and contributes to the preservation of the French culture,’ Philippe Colombet, head of Google Books France, said in a statement.”