French producer accuses Google of violating copyright

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Producer Jean-François Lepetit took Google and its French subsidiary to the Paris court of commerce accusing the company of distributing the documentary «The World According to Bush» free of charge through French Google Videos.

The company responsible for the production of the film, Flach, demands compensation for the damages caused, stating in a statement that the company responsible for the main search engine online, abused intellectual property rights by allowing free downloads of copyrighted content.

The documentary made by the American William Karel, premiered two years ago and addresses the Bush administration and the links that the President of the United States with the terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

Jean-François Lepetit says that it is necessary that Google assumes its responsibilities since it acts as a responsible content editor and not as a mere intermediary.

The documentary has already been removed from the site, although it has so far been available for dowlnoad and visualization online. According to the statement, the film was seen more than 43,000 times «in a short time».

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