Google Deal With Dutch Library Gets EU Approval

The European Commission has raised no objections to Google digitising books in the national Library of the Netherlands, news agency Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Google had previously announced a fund of $1 million to allow an unrestricted financial support to 15 universities planning to study the relationship that exists between literary genres, their era and the locations in which they were written.

The company has said it plans to scan the 160,000-plus books in the archives of the National Library of the Netherlands and make them available for Google books users.

The European Commission has said that it has no objection to Google's plans, as long as "they are made available to European citizens", and meet with European competition and copyright laws.

In 2004, the company laid out its goal to digitise all of the books in the world, but has been held back by a dispute over the copyright on out-of-print books.

Google is still awaiting a US federal court judgement ruling on a settlement over the digital rights of out-of-print books.

US consumer watchdogs, as well as the US Department of Justice and a number of Google's rivals had complained, believing that Google would gain an anti-competitive advantage in the digital book market.