By Siobhan O’Leary
As reported by the Associated Press (via the LA Times), a Paris court has ruled against Google in a copyright infringement case brought by French publisher La Martinière on behalf of itself and the French Publishers Association (FPA), representing 400 publishing companies. Google was ordered to pay €300,000 in damages to La Martinière for making excerpts of copyright-protected French books available online without permission from the publishers. On top of that, Google is expected to pay a €10,000 fine per day (the suit had asked for €500,000 per day) until all of the snippets of copyright-protected French books are removed from the web. Google plans to appeal the decision.