The French have a special building just for the corpses of their literary heroes, so Google shouldn't be surprised that they are as protective of the actual books they wrote.
The court additionally imposed a €10,000 fine for every day that Google continues to make books from French publishers available online.
The French government, which jealously guards its cultural history and language, already has a book-scanning project in place, but is lagging behind Google with only a tenth of the number of tomes digitized.
But the European Union, along with a French regional government, is also helping to fund a public-private partnership to scan the books collected in Europe's libraries.
And not just because Google is seen in terms of American cultural hegemony, but also because Europeans are worried about a single cooperation controlling the world's accumulated literary history.
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Jackson West kind of wants to move to France, but not in that douchey Hollywood celebrity way.