French publishers warn on Google/Hachette Livre deal

<p>The French Publishers Association has said the Google/Hachette Livre digitisation deal is a reversal in the internet company&#39;s strategy but warned it &quot;has never respected its commitments as regards intellectual property law&quot;.</p><p>The Syndicat National de l&#39;edition (SNE) said in a statement: &quot;The content and implementation of the [memorandum of understanding], offered to French publishers, must be examined carefully.&quot;</p><p>As the association did not participate in the negotiations, it must now assess the impact of the pact &quot;notably on intellectual property, the risk of a monopoly and the quality of the digitisation&quot;.</p><p>The pact makes no difference to the legal action taken by some publishers and the SNE against Google for having flouted copyright, it added.</p>