Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Google Book-Scanning Lawsuit Is Dropped by French Publishers

Three French publishers dropped a 9.8 million-euro ($13.8 million) lawsuit against Google Inc. over books scanned by the search-engine company.

Editions Albin Michel SA, Editions Gallimard SA and Flammarion made the decision in order to resume negotiations to reach a deal on scanning copyright-protected works for Google’s digital library.

“Google suspended negotiations” when the suit was filed, Brice Amor, Gallimard’s legal director, said today. The publishers dropped their claims “with the goal that the negotiations might resume.”

Google, based in Mountain View, California, has reached agreements with Lagardere SCA’s Hachette Livre and La Martiniere Groupe publishers to allow the scanning of out-of-print French books since losing a copyright dispute with the latter in 2009.

“This is a great news,” Philippe Colombet, Google Books’ French director, said today in an e-mail. “We are keen to discuss constructively and work with publishers around the world to preserve and disseminate our important cultural treasures, and to find new business opportunities for authors and publishers.”

The decision was earlier reported on the website of trade publication Livres Hebdo. Calls to Albin Michel and Flammarion for comment weren’t immediately returned.

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.