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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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Copyright Office Looks for Final Comments On Updates to Library Reproductions

The US Copyright Office has been in discussions with interested parties about potential revisions to the section of copyright law covering exceptions for reproductions by libraries and archives (aka section 108) since back in 2005. Those efforts are finally nearing the drafting of legislative recommendations for consideration by Congress. The…

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$400 Million In Consumer eBook Settlement Credits Should Flow Later In June

After the Supreme Court declined to hear Apple's appeal of the 2013 ebook antitrust ruling in March, the big question has been when the $400 million in compensation to consumers (plus $50 million in attorney fees) as stipulated in the previous settlement with the state attorneys general and the consumer class would be disbursed. Because…

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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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