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  • March 30, 2012
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Publishing Trends has an interesting article looking at the problem of manga scanlation, which a number of manga publishers feel is retarding the potential international market for their product. Scanlation, the manga equivalent of fansubbing, has been around for a while, but really kicked into gear around 2007. (I covered this in detail a couple…

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  • March 29, 2012
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From Digital Koans: France has implemented a new law on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books. Here’s an excerpt from the Library of Congress’ summary: 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 an unavailable book is “a book published…

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  • March 29, 2012
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PaidContent has an update on the status of “For Dummies” publisher John Wiley’s court cases against individuals accused of illicitly sharing various “For Dummies” books via BitTorrent. The company was able to unmask 46 “John Doe” defendants, 40 of whom were dropped from the case after apparently settling for an undisclosed amount. The publisher is…

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  • March 27, 2012
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Stick a fork in Rights Haven’t, I mean Righthaven—it’s done. Techdirt reports that the company has stopped showing up at court cases altogether, leading them to be dismissed “for lack of prosecution.” CEO Steve Gibson is now working for the Las Vegas office of Detroit-based law firm Dickenson Wright (while being investigated by the Nevada…

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  • March 26, 2012
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From an email: I wanted to give you the heads up about Copyright Clearance Center’s OnCopyright 2012 conference, being held next Friday, March 30 at Columbia Law School in New York.  The event will explore the various ways copyright issues are impacting publishing, creative services, legal and technology. The keynote will be by John Howkins, author…

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  • March 23, 2012
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Colleen Taylor of TechCrunch has interviewed Jonathan Klein, CEO of stock photo company Getty Images, about photo sharing on the Internet. And according to Klein, social network Pinterest could soon have a digital copyright problem on its hands. The site allows users to share, or “pin”, random photos or other artwork from the Internet, sharing…

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  • March 21, 2012
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An update on that story from a couple months ago about a coalition of Chinese authors planning to sue Apple over their works being sold in the iTunes store without authorization. China’s state-owned news agency Xinhua reports that the coalition has grown to 22 authors, who are claiming that 95 of their works have been…

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  • March 15, 2012
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A brief follow-up to my latest post about copyright troll Righthaven’s travails: Wendy Davis at the Daily Online Examiner reports that the EFF has helped one of Righthaven’s defendants, the Democratic Underground, file suit against Stephens Media, the company that launched Righthaven and licensed or sold it its copyright, to obtain a declaratory judgment that…

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  • March 15, 2012
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From The Register (originally published on 29 February): Last week France passed a law that permits the state to seize authors’ rights on out-of-print books published before 2001. Scribes have just six months to opt-out, or lose their moral rights and the ability to determine a price for their work. It’s essentially a Compulsory Purchase…

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  • March 10, 2012
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That’s the title of an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Here’s an excerpt: Google has been quietly slowing down its book-scanning work with partner libraries, according to librarians involved with the vast Google Books digitization project. But what that means for the company’s long-term investment in the work remains unclear. Google was not…