By NICHOLAS VELICARDIER/Reuters europeans best-sellers book is now out of copyright in its original form and has been banned by copyright owners in many countries, including France.
The book, called Europe’s Best-Selling Book, is due to be published next year.
The publisher, Random House, said on its website: “We have decided to cancel this book in its entirety and are working with French copyright owners to recover the rights from the publishers.”
French copyright law allows only fair use, or non-commercial use, of copyrighted material.
It says it only allows the “fair use” of “parts or all of a work” to be used for a specific purpose.
It allows the use of a photograph, or a video clip, for a “broad purpose”.
The publisher said that in France, “part or all” of the work in the book was used without permission.
Random House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Guardian.
A French court recently ruled that French author Michel Houellebecq, who won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for best novel for his book Les Atrebates de l’Homme, could not be prosecuted for allegedly infringing on copyright by publishing an unauthorized translation of a painting of a Muslim woman.
The court ordered that the publisher, the publisher’s son, and the publisher and his publisher’s lawyer had to pay €5,000 ($6,200) each to the artist and his family.
It said the publisher had also to pay a further €3,000 for each painting.