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Germany Challenges Google Book Settlement
Germany has joined the growing chorus of people, groups, and even nations that are against the proposed settlement of a lawsuit over Google’s scanning of copyrighted books and making them available online.
In its filing, Germany says the proposed settlement will give Google “an unfair advantage over all other digital libraries (commercial and non-commercial) in the United States and Germany” and “will flout German laws that have been established to protect German authors and publishers” where digital copying and publishing is concerned.
A sticking point appears to be the availability of the scanned books in Germany. Germany says it will be easy for German searchers to use Google Book Search. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, Google claims that “only U.S. readers will benefit” from the settlement.
The German filing also points out that the settlement allows Google to scan books by German authors, even though most German authors are not represented in the ongoing court case. The Authors Guild, plaintiffs in the original lawsuit, limits membership to authors who have been published by a U.S. publisher.