France Offers Google Its Books in Exchange for Tax
Posted in: Miscellaneous at 15/01/2010 16:42
As France drags its cultural past and present into the digital future, it is coming around to the idea that the job will require support from a company often viewed with deep suspicion here: Google.
To try to secure the company's contribution, the government has recently dangled some new carrots and sticks. First, it suggested that Google ought to pick up part of the tab to aid the beleaguered music industry, and threatened the company with an antitrust investigation. Then it proposed a partnership with Google to accelerate the development of a viable French digital library.