A Second Lesson on Contracts: Model sues Photographer After Pics Used on Erotica eBooks, Photog Says It’s Not His Fault

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About a month ago I shared the tale of one model who sued a photographer after her lingerie-clad photos showed up porn sites, strip clubs, erotica ebooks, and other embarrassing places. The model alleged that she had a verbal agreement with the photographer limiting how the images would be used, and that he licensed them ...

German Police Conduct Daring Raid on eBook Piracy Ring

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From the "What a great use of police resources Dept" ... Police in Germany reportedly conducted multiple raids this past week on operators of and subscribers to the ebook pirate sites Spiegelbest.me and eBookSpender.me. Munich prosecutors told Der Spiegel and Golem.de that  between 45 and 50 homes were raided on Tuesday as part of an investigation into copyright violations and tax evasion. Police ...

Google Goes Nuclear, Shuts Down Google News in Spain

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Spanish publishers won another round this week in the eternal fight to prevent their content from being discovered and shared online. Google announced yesterday that they are shutting down their Google News search engine in Spain. The search engine giant is anticipating changes to Spanish copyright law which will make it impossible to link to a ...

Axel Springer Bows to Google in Fight Over Snippet Licensing

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Germany's biggest news publisher has just acceded to the fact that it needs Google more than Google needs it. Reuters reports that Axel Springer recently ended a two-week-long test where Springer blocked Google from using snippets of  articles from its websites noting that the test had caused traffic to its sites to plunge. For the past two weeks Springer has blocked ...

Sherlock Holmes is in the Public Domain – Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case

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A two-year-old legal battle over the copyright status of the Sherlock Holmes corpus came to a quiet end today when the US Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of the Conan Doyle estate. The fight started last February when author, Holmesian scholar, and attorney Leslie Klinger filed a lawsuit against the estate of the late Sir Arthur Conan ...