“Google’s book search project suffered a legal setback in Paris on Friday, as a court ordered it to pay €300,000 (US$432,000) in damages for breach of copyright, and to stop distributing digital copies of French books to French Internet users without the permission of their publishers.
The decision in the case continues a string of anachronistic laws and equally antiquated judicial decisions – especially in France – regarding the exercise of individual rights and freedom of information on the Internet.
That anyone has been damaged to the tune of €300,000 in the instant case is of course idiotic. Who has ever even heard of the decaying (-45% in 2008) French publisher La Martinière Groupe?
The best way to deal with publishers like this is simply to refuse to buy their books – who needs them?