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  • September 30, 2012
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In 2008, I wrote on TeleRead about groups advocating imposing droit se suite, the repeated royalty payment on resold works of art that exists in Europe, onto books, so that used bookstores would have to pay a new royalty on every used book they resell. This, of course, wouldn’t have the effect they would hope,…

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  • September 28, 2012
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Apparently Google has a problem with its ads being posted on sites that “distribute copyrighted materials.” (Never mind that this should mean they shouldn’t have ads on any sites, given that under the law any material that is created is instantly copyrighted to its creator.) Techdirt’s Mike Masnick posts about technical author Cody Jackson, who…

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  • September 12, 2012
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Well, this isn’t a surprise. The coalition of publishers who sued Georgia State University over copyright violations committed in online course packs and had most of the suit resoundingly overturned are filing an appeal. On the conference call, Sage CEO Blaise Simqu suggested that the decision to appeal was made with the consultation of a…

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  • September 6, 2012
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Just a day after the Hugo Awards got stomped on by a copyright bot which saw the (permission-granted!) clips of Doctor Who shown therein as a copyright violation, Michelle Obama’s Democratic Convention speech was allegedly blocked for violating the copyrights of one of half a dozen news agencies. It starts to seem as if copyright…

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  • August 18, 2012
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More interesting news to come out of the Google Books case. Publishers Weekly and paidContent report that Judge Denny Chin has granted permission for several academic and librarian groups and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to intervene in the case by filing amicus curae or “friend of the court” briefs. These groups want to file in…

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  • August 17, 2012
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As I’ve pointed out elsewhere, Internet-posted fanfiction from the ‘90s comprised some of the original on-line “e-books”. And it’s still insanely popular today, even occasionally spawning professionally-published books that go on to become mega-hits. But the question of the legality of fanfic continues to be a controversial one. How do you know if your fanfic…

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  • August 15, 2012
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Here’s some more news about the Georgia State University lawsuit over copyright infringement in digital academic course packets. The judge has issued her ruling (PDF) on the remedy she would order concerning the 5 counts out of the 99 infringements submitted that she found were not fair use under the law. This ruling clarifies some…

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  • August 9, 2012
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I saw a post on BoingBoing the other day spotlighting Singularity & Co., an online “science fiction bookstore” (who I covered in March for TeleRead) with a goal of rescuing obscure classic SF titles and releasing them on-line. The Kickstarter project that founded it (reaching $52,276 on a $15,000 goal) stated that this would involve…

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  • April 2, 2012
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Here’s an interesting article from TorrentFreak.  I thought cutting down piracy was supposed to increase sales.  I guess not. A new report from the Hadopi office, conveniently written in English so it can be used by lobbyists all around the world, is claiming the following. “Benchmarking studies covering all of the sources available shows a…

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  • March 30, 2012
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The Global Legal Monitor from the Library of Congress provides a summary of the recently passed legislation but writer/tweeter @BlankTextField (based in France) says the article includes a few inaccuracies. From the Global Legal Monitor This Law adds a new chapter to the French Intellectual Property Code, comprising articles L.134-1 to L.134-9. Article L. 134-1 provides that…