View Full Version : EU Books could be removed from Google deal

10-19-2009, 02:21 PM
The Bookseller has interesting article (http://www.thebookseller.com/news/100451-eu-books-could-be-removed-from-google-deal.html)about how EU books could be removed from google deal due to the fact that according to
The FEP, which represents publishers associations from 27 countries including the UK, said neither the AAP nor the second plaintiff, the US Authors Guild, "had a mandate to negotiate on behalf of their international counterparts".

Further more

According to various reports Professor Roland Reuss, a literature professor from Germany's Heidelberg University, struck out at Google and the Settlement, negotiated in the US by the Association of American Publishers, and the US Authors Guild with Google. He described Google's lofty ideals as "just a whole garbage of hysterical propaganda", and warned of a threat to traditional publishing, saying "you revolutionize the market but the cost is that the producers of goods in this market will be demolished".

Reuss then rounded on Bertelsmann's Richard Sarnoff, who negotiated the deal as AAP, calling him "naive" and arguing that the deal disregarded the Berne Convention, and the rights of copyright holders to determine how their work is used. According to Publishers Weekly, Sarnoff said the parties to the deal did not anticipate the backlash in Europe. And he added that European works may indeed have to be removed from the settlement.

Just wondering what peoples thoughts are about this? Especially in regards to the Berne convention and how this translates to digital rights?