French Court Rejects Google’s "Drink Me" Defenses

An excellent piece on the latest Google Books debacle in France:

“Google argued that based on Article 5.2 of the Berne Convention, the American legal principle of ‘fair use’ should apply. The French court did not accept the argument, holding that the law applicable to complex crimes committed on the internet was that of the state on whose territory the conduct at issue occurred.”

Ah–now they like the Berne Convention. Right up to that “complex crimes” part.

Stay tuned.