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Amazon Customers Receive A Little Extra In eBook Settlement Credits

Although the original ebook settlement credits funded by the five settling publishers expired this spring, on Thursday many Amazon customers were notified of new, additional small credits issued to their accounts in connection with those same settlements. As the notices indicate, "This credit is in addition to the credit that…

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Authors United Finally Writes to DOJ Asking Amazon Inquiry, Joined by Authors Guild and ABA

It was September of 2014 that author Douglas Preston showed the FT a letter being drafted by New American Foundation senior fellow Barry Lynn asking the Department of Justice to investigate Amazon for antitrust violations, and said Lynn was preparing a full report. That letter and position paper, finally ready…

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Court to Decide If Revised Family Christian Buyout Goes to Creditor Vote

The bankruptcy court is set to hold a hearing today on a new set of proposals from Family Christian Stores to put a revised buyout offer from FCS Acquisition to a vote among the creditors. Their previous bid of $43 million has been increased to a range of between $52.4 million…

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Six Months of Lawsuits

As we've continually reported over the past few years, the course of publishing continues to turn on litigation as much as innovation. In the most anticipated ruling of the year so far, the Court of Appeals recently upheld the antitrust verdict against Apple in a heatedly divided ruling that portends further…

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Judge Cote Denies Class Certification in One Author Solutions Lawsuit

More than two years after the original lawsuit was filed (with more recent lawsuits ongoing in other states) Judge Cote denied class certification to plaintiffs Mary Simmons and Jodi Foster, who are suing Author Solutions alleging fraud, unjust enrichment, and violation of various statutes and consumer protection acts. The original…

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Appeals Court Upholds Verdict Against Apple, with Notable Dissent

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Apple's appeal of the verdict finding them guilty of antitrust violations in launching the iBookstore, upholding District Court Judge Denise Cote's initial finding. Judge Debra Ann Livingston writes the majority opinion in the 2-1 ruling: "We conclude that the district court's decision…

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Judge Denies Results of Family Christian Bankruptcy Auction

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Gregg voided the results of the complicated bankruptcy auction for the Family Christian Stores bookselling chain, calling the process "at times, nothing short of chaotic." At the same time, the Judge wrote, "While the Debtors clearly made mistakes at the auction, this court concludes that the…

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European Commission Investigates Amazon's eBook MFNs In UK and Germany

The European Commission announced Thursday morning "a formal antitrust investigation into certain business practices by Amazon in the distribution of electronic books. Their focus is "certain clauses included in Amazon's contracts with publishers. These clauses require publishers to inform Amazon about more favorable or alternative terms offered to Amazon's competitors and/or offer Amazon…

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Copyright Office Proposes "Pilot" Test of Rights Registry

The US Copyright Office published an extensive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization after extensive research and consultation, providing recommendations as Congress once again considers revision of copyright law. We've just begun reviewing the extensive 234-page document, which you can view/download here. The office fundamentally agrees with the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works…

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Briefs: Canongate To Publish Rhodes Memoir After Winning Legal Battle; Regional Bookseller Paperbacks From Unbridled Books

Canongate will publish British classical pianist James Rhodes' memoir Instrumental on May 28 as an ebook and the following week in hardcover after the UK Supreme Court overturned an injunction that banned publication. The injunction resulted from a lawsuit by Rhodes' former wife, who claimed publication of the memoir, which…

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