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France has announced that they are planning a book scanning project to rival Google Book Search. This project will include one million documents already scanned in a related database and will expand through deals with publishers. Though seen as a snub to Google, French officials did say they may be willing to work with the giant, including the swapping of scanned books.
Elsewhere in Europe, electronics makers have walked away from negotiations with collection agencies citing no progress in balancing levy payments. Levies added to electronic devices are common in Europe to help pay for copyright-infringing uses but and distribute the money to copyright holders. The electronic companies now plan to try to push reform through the European Commission.
Finally, for the third time in recent memory, Coldplay is being sued for copyright infringement over plagiarism allegations. This time, “unknown” singer-songwriter Sammie Lee Smith is suing saying that the band’s songs “Yellow”, “Clocks” and “Trouble” were his creations. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles.
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