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  • May 2, 2013
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Three self-published authors filed a class action lawsuit last week against Penguin’s vanity press subsidiary, Author Solutions.  I have not yet seen the filing myself, but I’m told that the 3 authors claim that Penguin/ASI “cheats writers of royalties and charges them to correct typos in manuscripts that the company itself inserted”. The authors live…

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  • April 20, 2013
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Used ebooks are a hot topic right now, with Apple and Amazon each pursuing a patent over reselling digital content and as a result sparking a debate on the legality, ethics, and morality of a second-hand marketplace for products that don’t decay. This is a hot topic across the pond as well, only it has…

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  • April 4, 2013
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The world’s largest romance publisher is celebrating today. They won a lawsuit this week that, if it had gone to trial, could have cost Harlequin hundreds of thousands of dollars. District Court Judge Harold Baer granted Harlequin’s motion for summary judgement yesterday, ending the class action suit Barbara Keiler v. Harlequin Enterprises Limited. This lawsuit…

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  • April 3, 2013
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It’s been just over a month since 3 indie booksellers filed a class action lawsuit against Amazon and the 6 major US publishers, and from the looks of the recent motions filed by the defendants this week I’m not sure that this trial will be around for much longer. Yesterday the 7 defendants filed motions…

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  • April 2, 2013
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ReDigi, a startup that in 2011 launched an online marketplace where users could buy and sell second-hand digital music, violates the copyrights of Capitol Records. US District Court Judge Richard Sullivan handed down a ruling on Saturday that pretty much ended the case with a decision in favor of Capitol Records. The judge was responding…

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  • April 1, 2013
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The most important ebook lawsuit of 2013 moved one step closer to trial last week. Nevermind the anti-trust lawsuit against Apple or the indie bookseller lawsuit against Amazon and the 6 major publishers; this lawsuit over the ebook rights for a 40-year-old children’s book could affect countless contracts that authors have signed with legacy publishers…

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  • March 30, 2013
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A couple months ago I reported on the tale of an academic publisher suing a librarian and a university over a critical blog post by the librarian. To make a long story short, Edwin Mellen Press was using a bogus defamation lawsuit in an attempt to silence a critic who had described that publisher’s books…

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  • March 21, 2013
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There’s a news story going around today that Apple is being sued (again) by a patent troll. I read about it at Forbes: Software developer Intertrust Technologies filed a patent infringement suit against Apple over 15 patents related to security. The lawsuit covers almost all  of Apple’s products and services, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac…

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  • March 20, 2013
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The US Supreme Court has just released their ruling on the copyright infringement case Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, and it is everything I had hoped. The US SC has ruled that you do have the legal right to resell legally purchased content that was produced outside the US. Today’s decision is the conclusion of a 5…

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  • March 20, 2013
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The US Supreme Court has just released their ruling on the copyright infringement case Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, and it is everything I had hoped. The US SC has ruled that you do have the legal right to resell legally purchased content that was produced outside the US. Today’s decision is the conclusion of a 5…