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After Winning Judgment From Kyle Estate, Ventura Sues HarperCollins

Six months after winning a $1.8 million award from the Chris Kyle estate in his defamation lawsuit, former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura has filed suit against HarperCollins -- publisher of AMERICAN SNIPER -- in Minnesota Federal Court, seeking damages "in excess of $75,000" for defamation. As in the earlier suit…

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All Sides Grilled During Oral Arguments for Apple's Appeal

An extended oral arguments hearing Monday morning at the 2nd Circuit Court of appeals did not immediately make clear how the three-judge panel would rule on Apple's appeal of 2013's ebook antitrust trial, but it did show the court would not spare any side thorough questioning -- often to entertaining…

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First Report: Government Goes Long In Apple Appeals Court Argument

The scheduled one-hour Appeals Court hearing on Apple's appeal of Judge Denise Cote's ruling finding the company guilty of antitrust violations went long on Monday morning, in part because Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart arguing for the government was allowed to go 16 minutes beyond his allotted 20-minute slot. (Sarah Weinman…

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Court Hears Appeal of "Fair Use" Ruling on Google's Book Scanning

The Authors Guild had might be their final day in court in opposition to Google's scanning of books in academic libraries on Wednesday, in a hearing before a three-judge panel of Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The Guild is appealing Judge Denny Chin's ruling from November 2013 finding Google's scanning…

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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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