FEP want 'serious discussions' with Google after French fine

<p>The Federation of European Publishers has said a decision made by a French Court to find Google guilty of copyright infringement was &quot;important &quot;for all European publishers&quot; and has called on the internet giant to &quot;start serious discussions with European publishers&quot; over its database of digital books.</p><p>In particular, it approved of the move to apply France&#39;s domestic law to the case, as well as the judgement that &quot;the snippets are infringing the moral rights of the authors of the books&quot;. The body, which represents European publisher associations including the UK&#39;s PA, also said it was important that Google&#39;s digitisation programme be recognised &quot;as an act of reproduction and that the exception for quotations does not apply as the snippets displayed have no informatory goal&quot;.<br /><br />The case was brought against Google by the French publisher La Martini&egrave;re. The French member of the FEP has now joined the procedure, which was already backed by the Syndicat national de l&rsquo;Edition (SNE), and the French Authors Association (SGDL).</p><p>FEP president Federico Motta said: &quot;This decision is extremely important for all European publishers. It shows that in Europe even large internet companies have to follow the law. I hope that Google understands that it is now time to start serious discussions with European publishers starting first to remove our books from their database.&quot;<br /><br />European publishers are increasingly offering their backlists in digital format. They have been working to provide more and more digital content alongside the printed books. Moreover, European publishers collaborate with Europeana, the European digital cultural institutions&rsquo; portal.</p><p>Google has said it will appeal the decision, which saw it fined &euro;300,000 (&pound;267,000). </p>