France has said it will file its opposition to the Google Books deal sometime this week. While Google is currently defending the deal at a hearing organized by the European Commission, France told Reuters that it will be joining Germany, Microsoft, Yahoo! and Amazon in opposing the deal.
"France will send its observations to the U.S. court today or tomorrow," Nicolas Georges, director for books and libraries at the French Culture Ministry, told Reuters on the sidelines of a European Commission hearing, adding that France is concerned about the rights of European authors.
"There are lots of European works in Google's database. Google can digitalise these works without the permission of European authors," said Georges, adding that Google will have control over so called orphan works, which are books or other materials that are still covered by U.S. copyright law, but it is not clear who owns the rights to them.
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