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Author Sues to Challenge eBooks As Sale Rather Than License, But He Sues the Wrong Publisher

Publishers' early insistence on treating consumer ebook transactions as sales for royalty purposes, even though the files are provided to paying individuals under limited license rather than sold, is being challenged in an author lawsuit filed in New York Supreme Court on May 19, seeking class action status. But the author…

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Following Bloomberg Investigation Amazon Promises Same Day Delivery for Roxbury, MA; Congressman Calls for FTC Inquiry

Amazon responded to criticism in the wake of Bloomberg's extensive investigation showing that the rollout of their Prime Same-Day Delivery service has focused on areas where residents are primarily white, and overlooked neighborhoods. The company is correcting what Bloomberg had called "the most striking gap in Amazon's same-day service," which was "in Boston, where…

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Judge Grants Preliminary Approval of Settlement for Harlequin Authors Class Action Suit

Earlier this month District Court Judge William H. Pauley III granted preliminary approval to a settlement of the class action suit brought by authors against Harlequin, seeking additional payment for books for which Harlequin licensed ebook rights to its own subsidiaries. A fairness hearing has been scheduled for June 30.…

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Supreme Court Will Not Hear Authors Guild's Appeal of Google Books Case

After at least three strikes (or more, depending upon how you count), the Authors Guild's decade-long case accusing Google of copyright infringement in their library book-scanning program has come to an end. In their conference last Friday, the Supreme Court denied the Guild's petition for a writ of certiorari. That…

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Back to Court: Authors Guild Petition Rescheduled for April 15

The Supreme Court finally updated the docket entry for the Authors Guild's request to have their appeal of the Google Books case heard by the high court. After skipping the petition in the April 1 Conference, the Court is once again due to consider the Guild's case as their next…

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Legal: No News on Authors Guild Appeal, As Publishers Mostly Lose Again V. Georgia State University

The Supreme Court was supposed to consider the Authors Guild's petition to have the high court hear their appeal of the Google Books scanning case at last Friday's Conference -- but when orders from that Conference were announced on Monday morning, the Guild's case was not on the list. Presumably,…

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11 Years Later, Authors Guild's Last Appeal Has April Fool's Hearing

The Authors Guild's petition to have the Supreme Court hear their appeal of the copyright infringement case first filed against Google's scanning of library books in 2005 will be reviewed at the court's conference on April 1. If you have any need to reacquaint yourself with the issues, the docket…

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Mockingbird Mass Market Reversion Was Set In Motion In 2011

Despite last week's suggestion by the New Republic that the termination of Hachette Book Group's mass market license for To Kill a Mockingbird was a confusing "first action" of Harper Lee's estate following her death, the process was set in motion 5 years ago and has been hidden in plain sight at least…

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Briefs: Schumer's 'Lower Back Tattoo' Publishes August 16; Zola Books Gets More Funding; and More

Amy Schumer's book will be published by Gallery on August 16 -- and it has retained the proposal name, THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO. Funding Zola Books closed another round of funding last week. The new round adds something under $3.4 million since the company's last announced funding in 2013.…

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Game Over: Supreme Court Denies Apple's Request for Appeal

This morning the Supreme Court released results from their Friday Conference, indicating that they denied Apple's request to have their appeal of the ebook antitrust case heard. The Court's denial of cert. brings the lawsuit to an end, and also means Apple's monetary settlement with the state attorneys general and the consumer class…

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