France’s Hachette Livre will get to decide which French language books Google (NSDQ: GOOG) can digitize and sell, the FT reported. In striking the agreement with Google, the French company believes the deal can serve as a blueprint for other European book publishers that have been battling Google over the issue for years.
Under the terms of the arrangement, Hachette will determine which of its out-of-print titles Google is allowed to scan. It will also decide which ones can be sold in e-book form by Google. The company can also block certain titles from Google’s search engine. In that sense, Hachette has more say than its U.S. counterparts would get under the current settlement structure there. The settlement is still being reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice for approval.
In addition, the agreement is extended to French authors of the out-of-print books can prevent Google from using their works.
Although it favors Hachette, the agreement likely won’t mean much in terms of revenues. The deal covers 50,000 books, most of which were characterized by the FT as “mostly forgotten.”