Google loses French copyright infringement lawsuit – fined
December 18, 2009 | 11:19 am
By Paul Biba
Some for info has become available since Chris’s post below. The Register is reporting that after being found guilty be the French court Google was told to pay 300,000 Euro (about US $430,000) to the plaintiff Herve del La Martiniere and pay a daily fine of 10,000 Euro until it removes the company’s books from its database.
It is important to realize two things: first this is not a class action suit, like in the US. Any other French publisher can bring its own suit against Google and receive damages. This could lead to a plethora of suits against Google in France. Second, as The Register points out, French law does not recognize fair use and so there is very little, if any, defense to further lawsuits by other aggrieved parties in France.