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  • August 8, 2012
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Last week, the Authors Guild requested that a judge order Google to pay $750 per book in penalties for illegal copying of the works it had scanned for its Google Books project. (At 20 million books, that could add up pretty quickly.) The Authors Guild also wants a ruling definitively stating that copying books is…

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  • August 7, 2012
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The process moves on. Publishers Weekly reports that the Department of Justice filed a motion (PDF, 19 pages) on Friday officially requesting Judge Denise Cote to approve the proposed settlement between the DoJ and Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins. The settlement won’t kick in right after that happens, but it will be an important…

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  • April 2, 2012
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Reuters has a report from a couple of anonymous tipsters close to the Justice Department talks with Apple and the major publishers regarding the antitrust investigation into agency pricing. According to Reuters’s sources, the negotiations may be within weeks of reaching a settlement. The settlement is expected to eliminate Apple’s “most favored nation” status, which…

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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 29, 2012
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The iPad can be great for letting people read, but it can be just as good for letting certain people speak. As I’ve previously mentioned, autistic, nonverbal, and otherwise disabled people who have trouble talking can make use of AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) apps to say the words they can’t say for themselves. However,…

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  • March 28, 2012
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Remember that lawsuit from Hasbro complaining about Asus naming its new Android tablet the “Transformer Prime,” out of concern that consumers might confuse it with Hasbro’s popular transforming robot toy line? It’s still going to trial, but a judge has expressed sufficient skepticism over Hasbro’s claims to deny the company’s request for a preliminary injunction…

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  • March 28, 2012
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Although she did not mention any companies or business sectors explicitly, it is hard not to see departing Justice Department antitrust chief Sharis Pozen’s harsh words as aimed at the publishers and Apple who are under investigation for allegedly colluding on e-book pricing: “Competitors can’t join together and make agreements on price,” she says in…

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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 25, 2012
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A district court has thrown out a class action suit against Dow Jones (owner of the Wall Street Journal) for changing the subscription terms for its on-line Wall Street Journal service, PaidContent reports. Originally, one single WSJ online subscription price covered access to digital versions of both the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s Online. However,…

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  • March 22, 2012
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Scott Turow, president of the Authors Guild, has written an op ed for Bloomberg in which he reiterates a number of the same points of view concerning a DoJ investigation of publisher price collusion that have been posted to the Authors Guild blog in recent weeks. Turow is concerned that if the government rolls back…