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Google and Europe somehow don’t get along. A few weeks back, Google got into a spat with a Belgian company. Now, a French documentary producer has sued Google, both in US and France. Flach Film, producers of TK, a movie about George Bush and his family […]

Google and Europe somehow don’t get along. A few weeks back, Google got into a spat with a Belgian company. Now, a French documentary producer has sued Google, both in US and France.

Flach Film, producers of TK, a movie about George Bush and his family connections to Osama bin Laden, are hopping mad over their copyrighted documentary making an appearance on Google Video France, where users could stream and download the entire film for free.

Judge GevelFlach Films in a strange twist, believes that since the movie was viewed 50,000 times, it has been download that many times as well. Google Video does not display the number of downloads.

While their contention of copyright infringement makes absolute sense, their contention that everyone who viewed the film online would have paid for it otherwise is illogical at best. The French have little or no love for Google, and a ruling against Google Video would not be good for the search giant.

Foreign content often makes it way onto Google Video site. In the past, the Indian movie industry has been a vocal critic of Google Video.

  1. The french have love for Google, they just not have any love for any kind of monopole, about google video, french are very sensitive to copyright, and the french music and movie industry are fighting against all those new way to download content cause they are losing a lot of money (music industry -12% income)… the most incredible is the hypocrity of Google video, come on! everybody know that more than 65% of the content of a Google video or Youtube are copyrighted content…
    If I was a video producer I would check all the video websites… it might be a new way to get money for producers… to suit google and Youtube…

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