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  • March 7, 2012
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Nook Simple Touch is supported with Adobe DRM Before you start buying books in a particular ebookstore, check what kind of DRM is used there. DRM (Digital Rights Management) is intended to prevent from unauthorized use. To put it simply: it means you can’t freely share the ebook file you bought. No matter how insane…

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  • March 7, 2012
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Righthaven could now be called “Rights Haven’t” for real. Long-time Righthaven critic Steve Green gleefully reports that a Las Vegas federal judge has stripped Righthaven of 278 copyrights and its own trademark. Apparently Righthaven couldn’t even be bothered to show up at the hearing, and the judge decided they had acquiesced to the transferal by…

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  • February 29, 2012
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A couple of interesting posts on the closure of pirate etextbook/academic/arcane book site library.nu.  The first is by Alan Toner, and intellectual property and communications researcher, on his blog knOw Future Inc.: On a final note, the case of library.nu is significant because the demand for the works offered there demonstrates that filesharing is not just…

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  • February 28, 2012
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Australian bargain site Cudo is offering, for 8 more hours at the time of this posting, a $99 budget e-book reader bundled with a CD of 4,000 written works—whose list of titles includes hundreds of works that are verifiably still within copyright, and enough duplicates and wrong author-title matches that it looks as though the…

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  • February 20, 2012
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PaidContent reports that Open Road has filed a 14-page response to HarperCollin’s lawsuit over Jean C. George’s Julie of the Wolves e-book rights. The response went about as expected: Open Road is claiming that the contract for Julie of the Wolves does not cover e-books, and so HarperCollins does not have a leg to stand…

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  • February 18, 2012
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From an article in The Digital Shift: University of California, Berkeley, law professor Pamela Samuelson, on behalf of more than 80 academics, sent a letter on Monday to Judge Denny Chin asserting that academic authors should not be included as part of a class authorization in the high profile Google Books case, due to fundamental disagreements…

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  • February 17, 2012
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All may not be coming up roses in e-textbook land. Sarah Kessler reports on Mashable that one of Kno’s largest-selling textbook publishers, Cengage Learning, is attempting to pull its material from Kno’s store—and Kno is suing for breach of license agreement. Though Kno deals with about 40 publishers, Cengage’s content has historically made up 25%…

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  • February 17, 2012
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From Publishers Weekly: An international alliance of publishers and publishing associations has succeeded in getting a Munich court to serve cease and desist orders to the operators of two Web sites that have been illegally offering more than 400,000 copyrighted books for free. The operators, currently based in Galway, Ireland, are estimated to have earned…

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  • February 15, 2012
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From Publishing Perspectives.  Here’s a snippet: BARCELONA: In a recent memo to publishers on GigaOM, award-winning journalist Matthew Ingram asked a painful question: Remind Us Why You Exist Again? Catalan publisher Ernest Folch has been preparing an answer, although it is partial and in ongoing review… Folch has served as Editorial Director of Ediciones B — a…

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  • February 14, 2012
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From a Radio Netherlands Report: The YouTube generation has gained an ally in the worldwide “copyright wars.” The Dutch government wants to change copyright law so new media users can continue to do “creative remixes” of protected content. The Hague will no longer wait for the European Commission to find a compromise. [Clip] [Bent] Hugenholtz, copyright…