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

3233710827_34294f21b1[1]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. From GigaOm: Continue reading

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

d2448a9938c648598ecc6e75c0485e5b-800[1]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. Continue reading

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

4131837946_c83b57d877[1]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 State library case". Continue reading

Green Mountain Faces Pivotal Lawsuit in Canada Over Coffee Pod DRM

3054417505_7261918945[1]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.  Continue reading

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

14657855389_b5407d2ede_z[1]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 GoFundMeContinue reading

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

5751301741_aa8463e472_b[1]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: Continue reading

Ellora’s Cave Sues Dear Author Book Blog for Defamation

3293465641_b6c5081e87_b[1]Here's something crazy.

Romance publisher Ellora's Cave has been having financial issues for the past year or so, but rather than sit down and fix them this publisher has decided that the best solution was a public and messy defamation lawsuit.