Archive | Legal RSS feed for this section

Judge Certifies Author Class In Suit Against Harlequin

The author class has been certified by Second Circuit District Court Judge William H. Pauley, III in the suit brought by three authors against Harlequin for underpayment on ebooks licensed to Harlequin subsidiaries. In May, the Appeals Court overturned Judge Judge Harold Baer's dismissal of the class action suit, allowing…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

Oral Arguments For Apple's Appeal Set For December 15

After a period of quiet, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has set a December 15 date for oral arguments on Apple's appeal of Judge Denise Cote's 2013 ruling in the federal ebook antitrust trial. The settlement reached earlier this year between Apple and the plaintiff states and consumers hinges on how…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

Krugman Takes On Amazon

You probably don't need us to tell you about Nobel Prize-winning economist and NYT op-ed columnist Paul Krugman's latest piece: "Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America." Indirectly answering his NYT colleague Joe Nocera, who wrote, "Amazon plays rough,…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

Appeals Court Sends Georgia State eReserves Case Back to District Court

The complicated Georgia State University court case exploring the extent to which educational fair use applies to digital excerpts continues, with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturning portions of Judge Orinda Evans's 350-page ruling from 2012 and remanding the case back to Judge Evans. Finding that "the District Court's…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

Amazon: NYT Public Editor Calls For More Balanced Coverage; Supreme Court to Hear Amazon Workers Lawsuit

On Sunday New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan took issue with the paper's coverage of Amazon and Hachette's ongoing terms dispute, opining that the paper (and primarily its Amazon beat reporter, David Streitfeld) "has given a lot of ink to one side" and painted Amazon as "a literature-killing bully." Addressing…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

Corporate: PRH Finalizes Objetiva Purchase; Amazon's WriteOn Beta; Authors Guild Met with DOJ; Core Source Adds Print Metadata

On October 1, Penguin Random House completed their acquisition of Brazilian trade publisher Objetiva, the final piece in their acquisition of the Santillana trade publishing business (the rest of which closed on July 1). As previously announced, CEO of Companhia das Letras Luiz Schwarcz will also oversee Objetiva, and Roberto Feith continues as general…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

Ellora's Cave Sues "Dear Author" and Its Creator, Alleging Defamation

On Friday, Ellora's Cave and Jasmine Jade Enterprises filed suit in an Ohio state court against the Dear Author blog and its author Jennifer Gerrish-Lampe (writing as Jane Litte), alleging that a September article about the publisher "made false and defamatory statements concerning the companies' financial stability and practices, insinuating…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

People

Julia Cheiffetz will return to HarperCollins as executive editor for Dey Street Books, starting October 6. She had been editorial director at Amazon Publishing until recently, prior to which she worked at Harper and Harper Studio. Another longtime Amazon executive announced plans to leave the company. Bill Carr, 47, has…

Continue reading

UK Publishers Association Asks Government to Investigate Unnamed eBookselling Monopoly

UK trade group the Publishers Association issued "an eight point plan for growth" in book and journal publishing with recommendations for the government. The one drawing the most attention is a very polite, British request to consider whether having one company dominate ebookselling and online bookselling is a good idea.…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member

European Court Approves Lower Taxes for eBooks; Management Buyout At Book People

Long after Luxembourg and France decided for themselves, the European Court has ruled that it really is ok for individual countries to charge lower Value Added Tax rates on ebooks. Reduced VAT was always allowed on printed books, but the statute never mentioned ebooks -- which most countries took to mean…

Login to read more, or join Publishers Marketplace as a member