– Google (NASD: GOOG) has appealed a French court ruling that prohibited the company from
digitizing French authors’ works for inclusion in its massive book index
without publishers’ permission, Agence France-Presse reported.

In December, a
French court found Google liable for copyright infringement for including
French works in its book index without prior permission.

Google was also
ordered to pay the publisher that brought the suit, Les Editions du Seuil,
$430,000 in damages.

Since the case began playing out, the French government
has embarked upon creating its own national digital book index, and also
proposed a tax on Google’s ad revenues — which would be used to fund the
creative arts in the country.


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