Writer sues Google for copyright infringement

Writer sues Google for copyright infringement

2009/12/16

Writer sues Google for copyright infringement

A Chinese female writer accusing Google China of copyright infringement has filed a lawsuit against the company in a Beijing court.
Mian Mian, a well-known Shanghai-based novelist, said the Haidian District People's Court is scheduled to hold a hearing on the case on Dec 29.
"Google earlier argued that they didn't violate copyright law as they only displayed a small amount of text of my book, but I think their move has seriously hurt Chinese writers' rights," Mian Mian told China Daily yesterday.
Mian said Google scanned her entire novel, titled Acid Lover, published by the Shanghai Joint Publishing Company, without notifying her or paying her for copyright permission.
Google China deleted Mian's Acid Lover from their website on Nov 15.
But she said a Google key-word search still brings up passages of her book.
"This is a brutal way to introduce my literary work, because the incoherent passages seen online ruin my story," she said.
"I also want to ask Google why they only show respect regarding copyright protection to famous American publishing houses," Mian Mian said. 
                                                                                                  Source: China Daily  




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