Brussels – The European Commission said on Thursday that it
has no objection to Google’s plan to digitize some 160,000 public domain works
from the Dutch National Library, provided the company complies with EU
copyright and competition laws, and makes the works available to European
citizens, the Associated Press reported.

Google (NASD:  GOOG) said in a blog post Wednesday that it
will provide copies of the scanned works to the library, as well as to
Europeana, a European cultural Web portal.

The company has secured similar
arrangements this year with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and the
Austrian National Library.

A U.S. federal court is still examining the terms of
a proposed settlement between Google and authors and publishers over the
book-scanning project.


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