GOOGLE has bowed to European Union pressure and will make concessions to European publishers and authors in an attempt to stem rising anger over its move to digitise and sell millions of books online, a report said.
It has made a promise to consult European publishers before cataloguing some European works in its digital library.
The company has agreed to have two non-US representatives on the board of a body that will administer a US legal settlement over the controversial online project, the Financial Times said.
The newspaper cited a letter sent to 16 European Union publishers’ representatives at the weekend. According to the letter, Google also promises to consult European publishers before cataloguing some European works in its digital library.
Google reached a class action settlement in October last year with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers to a copyright infringement suit they filed against the internet powerhouse in 2005.
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