France Surrenders To Google?

from the headlines-that-write-themselves dept

You may recall that, nearly five years ago, folks in France sounded the alarm: Google's book scanning plan was a threat to French culture that needed to be dealt with. So, the government threw a lot of money at an ill-defined plan... and plenty of folks were quick to take the money, but not do much of consequence with it. Eventually, late last year, one small part of the project was revealed, and it looked decent. But, apparently that wasn't enough. France's national library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France (BNF)) has thrown in the towel and apparently signed up with Google to allow it to scan its collection. Of course, they could have done that five years ago and saved billions of taxpayer dollars... but what fun would that be?


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    technomage (profile), Aug 19th, 2009 @ 11:52am

    reminds me of this skit from a game...

     

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    Free Capitalist, Aug 19th, 2009 @ 12:01pm

    Non, non

    That's funny...
    http://techdirt.com/articles/20090704/1607575444.shtml

    I wonder if the copyright industry will rat on the BNF using some hacked up claim and have their Internet access suspended...

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 19th, 2009 @ 12:01pm

    haha

    "France Surrenders To Google?"

    Sounds about right, but can't we change it to the headline below:

    "France Surrenders To Everyone"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 19th, 2009 @ 12:10pm

    Re: haha

    but that wouldn't be news, everyone knows the only war they ever won was against themselves.

     

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    AJ, Aug 19th, 2009 @ 12:19pm

    Re: Re: haha

    Not won, Tied.....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 19th, 2009 @ 12:44pm

    Re: Re: haha

    Because the good ol'USA wins many wars? Vietnam, Iraq, Afganistan... Please.

     

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    Ryan, Aug 19th, 2009 @ 12:48pm

    Re: Re: Re: haha

    Way to interject whiny statement into a tongue-in-cheek thread.

    And by the way, the good ol'USA won all of those. Ever heard of a pyrrhic victory?

     

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    Ryan, Aug 19th, 2009 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: haha

    Actually, its not even a pyrrhic victory, really. They are simply examples of conflicts in which it would have been strategically more advantageous for the US to not have gotten involved.

     

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    william (profile), Aug 19th, 2009 @ 12:57pm

    beyonds me

    Don't quite remember the original story (if I have even read it), but it's just dumbfound that someone is willing to spend millions to duplicate process/data just so that they have control over the data produced.

    Not to mention that they really have no control, if the works are public domain or government archives.

    Why do people have such an urge to control whatever they see, even if it doesn't make sense?

     

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    AC, Aug 19th, 2009 @ 1:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: haha

    wether the USA won those or not, they sure had the balls not to just roll over and take it up the ass.

     

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    alex, Aug 19th, 2009 @ 1:22pm

    trust the french to surrender at the first possible chance.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 19th, 2009 @ 1:23pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: haha

    Hmm...sorta sounds like France spending 5 years and billions of tax dollars before they quit.

    And I thought Canada was the one with the partial French culture.

     

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    Keith Sarver, Aug 19th, 2009 @ 2:14pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: haha

    Typical, knee-jerk, over-simplified, holier-than-thou, uneducated, American response.

     

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    Cyanid Pontifex (profile), Aug 19th, 2009 @ 2:34pm

    This may be a first; I don't think that France has surrendered to a private company before.

     

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    drewmerc (profile), Aug 19th, 2009 @ 2:39pm

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    they have, i think, i always get confused between nazi and sony

     

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    DJ (profile), Aug 19th, 2009 @ 3:31pm

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    The first chance was five years ago! However, it could have been their plan, all along, to squeeze money out of their citizens for no ACTUAL reason.

     

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    DJ (profile), Aug 19th, 2009 @ 3:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: haha

    Actually I have to applaud the AC in this case.

    Way to twist a discussion about copyright law in France, into a "I hate the US" discussion!

    Now that's dedication! Too bad it's wasted on falsehoods and incongruities.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2009 @ 11:57pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: haha

    Way to twist a discussion about copyright law in France, into a "I hate the US" discussion!

    Now that's dedication! Too bad it's wasted on falsehoods and incongruities.


    What are you, in the US military or something?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 22nd, 2009 @ 8:30am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: haha

    What are you, in the US military or something?

    Well, since he didn't own up to it, I'll go ahead and out him. Yes, DJ has previously said that he is in the US Navy in "intelligence". I wouldn't be surprised if they pay him to "monitor" certain web sites.

     

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