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EU Takes One More Step Towards Maybe Allowing Reduced Tax on eBooks Some Day

The European Union's achingly slow battle over whether to allow ebooks the same potential for preferential sales tax treatment that print books are given has taken another expected steps towards potential resolution...some time in 2017. Or not. Following on a plan announced this spring, the European Commission has presented a…

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EU Court Affirms Libraries' Right to Lend Legal eBooks

The European Union's Court of Justice issued a ruling on Thursday that declares EU rules about a public lending right to physical books through libraries apply to ebooks as well. The judgment imposes as a legal right what has become established business practice in the US for some time (albeit with…

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Source Says Amazon In Preliminary Settlement Talks In EU eBook Antitrust Case

With the European Commission looking to flex some regulatory muscle over American-based technology giants including Apple, Google and Amazon, at least one source reported to Reuters on Tuesday that "Amazon is in talks to settle the e-book case" under investigation by the EC "but it is too early to say whether…

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Congressman Sues Simon & Schuster Over Allegations in "Murder in The Bayou"

Congressman Charles Boustany of Lafayette, LA, currently running for the Senate, filed a defamation suit in a Lafayette District Court against Simon & Schuster and Ethan Brown, author of Murder In the Bayou. Published in mid-September and investigating the deaths of eight Louisiana women, the book cites multiple unidentified sources who suggest that…

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Briefs: Pedroza Collects In Fifty Shades Settlement, Amazon Boston, and More

Jennifer Pedroza will finally collect from her former Writers' Coffee Shop partner Amanda Hayward, in a confidential settlement. Hayward is dropping her appeal of the Texas District Court judgment that gave Pedroza a $10.6 million award, along with $900,000 in interest and $1.7 million in attorney's fees. The final payment does include at least $1.6…

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Hachette Sues Seth Grahame-Smith to Recover Advance On Late, Unacceptable Manuscript

Hachette Book Group is suing Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the bestselling novels Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice & Zombies, and his company Baby Gorilla Inc. for breach of contract. In the complaint, filed in New York federal court on August 26 and first reported on by the…

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Briefs: Bissonnette to Forfeit All "No Easy Day" Royalties; Amazon May Plan Drive-Up Grocery Stores

Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette formally settled the case brought against him by the Federal government for failing to obtain pre-publication review and clearance for his bestselling book No Easy Day. He will disgorge all royalties for the book, or about $6.6 million, and has apologized for his actions. (As…

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Customers Will Finally Start Collecting On $400 Million in Consumer eBook Credits This Week

As we reported earlier this month, consumers who are eligible to receive part of the $400 million in compensation as part of Apple's ebook antitrust settlement with the state attorneys general and the consumer class will be disbursed beginning on Tuesday. Consumers who have accounts at the major book retailers,…

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Supreme Court Denies Kirtsaeng/Wiley Attorney Fee Award for Now

Three years after the Supreme Court sided with Supap Kirtsaeng on the matter of whether first sale doctrine allowed him to keep the profits from reselling foreign-language editions of Wiley textbooks, the high court has affirmed lower court rulings (in part) on the matter of whether Kirtsaeng had the right to recover his…

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Appeals Court Orders New Trial in Ventura's Defamation Case Against Kyle Estate

The 8th Circuit Appeals Court has ordered a new trial in Jesse Ventura's defamation suit against the estate of Chris Kyle for comments in Kyle's bestseller American Sniper and subsequent remarks about that passage. The defamation award of $500,000 was vacated, and an additional award of $1.3 million for "unjust…

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