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Judge Cote Rubber-Stamps Apple Settlement

In a hearing Friday morning Judge Denise Cote approved the settlement agreed upon between Apple, the plaintiff states, and the consumer class. As previously reported, the settlement hinges upon how the 2nd Circuit of Appeals will rule -- whenever that happens -- on Apple's appeal of Judge Cote's July 2013…

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Amazon Wins .Book Domain Auction

Amazon's Luxembourg subsidiary has won the auction for the .book domain. The company prevailed over nine competitors, including Google and Bowker, the latter reportedly the last to drop out, according to the Register. Terms of the auction were not disclosed but it is understood to have been "between $5 million and $10 million." Though not reported…

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AAP Asks for Full Appeals Court to Review GSU Decision

Following last month's favorable ruling from a three-panel Appeals Court panel in the Georgia State University case considering fair use in academic digital reserves, the AAP is pressing the issue by asking for the full Court of Appeals to review the case. The AAP is seizing upon the unusual "concurring" opinion…

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Harper Gets Limited Injunction, Modest $37,000 Award in JULIE OF THE WOLVES Lawsuit

HarperCollins' nearly three-year-old lawsuit against Open Road Integrated Media over the ebook rights to Jean Craighead George's novel JULIE OF THE WOLVES has been resolved, eight months after Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald found in Harper's favor. In a ruling to address damages, Judge Buchwald granted a permanent injunction that prevents Open Road…

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Navy SEAL Bissonnette Sues Former Attorney For Malpractice on NO EASY DAY Vetting

Less than a week after reports emerged that former Navy SEAL and author of NO EASY DAY (and the forthcoming NO HERO) Matt Bissonnette was under criminal investigation by the federal government, he has taken steps against his former attorneys, filing a lawsuit for malpractice in a Manhattan federal court…

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Sherlock Holmes Case

On Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear the final appeal from the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle, which claims the Sherlock Holmes characters remain protected by copyright because of 10 original stories published after 1923. A District Court ruled against the estate in late 2013, and this June an appeals…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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