Feeds

French culture minister flames Google over book scan plan

Mitterrand tells Google to go conjugate itself

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Frederic Mitterrand delivered another Francoslap to Google yesterday, threatening to eject the book-devouring search giant from the effort to digitise the French National Library.

Mitterrand, France’s culture minister, said that the firm had to radically rethink its approach to its book scanning crusade, the FT reports, if it wanted to get its hands on France’s cultural treasures. These presumably range from government papers to medieval manuscripts and Napolean’s naughty poetry.

His fusillade came on the back of an independent review which said the deals Google has struck with Europe’s national libraries deliver more benefit to Google than to the libraries. Google gets access to precious collections and a treasure trove of out of print and public domain works. The national libraries get, er, their books scanned.

Mitterrand slated Google, saying it was demanding unreasonable control over the works it scans, including exclusivity periods of 20 to 25 years.

The review recommends France turn its affections to its own book scanning project, a European effort, or strike a public/private partnership with Google.

Mitterrand’s grand assault comes a week after his boss, Nicolas Sarkozy called for Google's ads to be taxed more heavily, so that France's culture mandarins can shovel more money into online Gallic cultural output, and compensate French artists for online piracy.

Whether Paris latest pronouncements will do much to stop the Google juggernaut remains to be seen. However, it is heartwarming to see France rush to its traditional barricade tradition of thumbing its nose and other body parts at US cultural and business institutions. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.