Whether Apple Wins or Loses Their Appeal, The Consumer Still Comes Out Ahead

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With  the Amazon-Hachette dispute settled and DBW not happening until next month, there's a shortage of fireworks in the digital publishing industry at the moment. Apple's brief hearing today helped make up for that lack, but I don't think the show is going to last long or be as favorable for Apple as some would suggest. ...

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 ...

EU High Court Rules that Embedding a Video is Not Copyright Infringement (Except When it IS)

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In its quest to generate more billable hours for attorneys, the European Court of Justice ruled last week that Europeans  might not have broken copyright law by embedding a Youtube clip from their favorite show in a blog post. TorrentFreak broke the news late last week that the ECJ had ruled that a common every day activity, embedding ...

Appeals Court Overturns GSU Library Fair Use Case – But For Good Reasons

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A key fair use ruling was overturned a couple days ago, but you won't find me crying into my bran flakes this morning. Copyright Librarian and Techdirt reported on Friday that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued its ruling in Cambridge University Press et. al. v. Patton, the 2008 copyright infringement lawsuit which is otherwise known as "the Georgia ...

Green Mountain Faces Pivotal Lawsuit in Canada Over Coffee Pod DRM

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Here's an interesting wrinkle in the ongoing saga of Green Mountain and its nutty plan to lock out competitors through DRM. It seems one coffee roaster in Ontario is suing Green Mountain and alleging that the latter's decision to use DRM on its next generation coffee pods amounted to anti-competitive practices.  Coffee Club has filled a $600 million ...

Dear Author Launches a Defense Fund, Continues to Fight Defamation Suit

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Bloggers, authors, and readers alike have voiced their support for the Dear Author book blog following the news of a defamation lawsuit last Friday, and now we have the chance to do so with our pocketbooks. Dear Author revealed on Friday that they have launched a defense fund on GoFundMe.  Why a fund? Because lawsuits are expensive (that's ...

Update on the Ellora’s Cave v. Dear Author Defamation Suit

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Much has changed in the three days since I brought you news that Ellora's Cave was suing well-known romance book blog Dear Author for defamation, and few of the changes favor Ellora's Cave. Jane Litte, the pseudonymous editor of Dear Author, announced this morning that she had hired the big guns to defend her in this lawsuit, noting that: she has ...