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The Authors Guild Forgets They Lost the Google Books Case, Proposes an ASCAP-like Agency to Solve the Issue

April 3rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Congress, Copyrights, The Authors Guild → 9 Comments

When The the authors guildAuthors Guild lost first the HaithiTrust case and then the Google Books case, I knew that they would not rest until they had successfully countered these two fair use decisions.

I was expecting to report on appeals filed by The Authors Guild, but it now seems that they are pursuing a legislative effort to overturn and erase both court rulings.
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Scribd has a Youtube Problem

April 2nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Copyrights, Youtube → 4 Comments

Scribd hasscribd-logo-blk_100x28 a bad reputation (from its early days as a document hosting site) for being a piracy haven, and to combat piracy Scribd has adopted an automated that checks user uploads for pirated content.

Unfortunately that system, like a similar system at Youtube, works a little too well. There are several reports over on the Smashwords blog from Scribd users whose documents were removed from the site by Scribd’s automated system.
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Story Surgeon is a New Type of Fair Use, Not Copyright Infringement

January 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Copyrights, Dehydrated books, Fan Fiction, Kickstarter → 11 Comments

There’s storysurgeon[1]a fascinating post over on Writer Beware today which links to a new Kickstarter project and cries copyright infringement. Victoria Strauss, editor of Writer Beware, is concerned by a new app called Story Surgeon.
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Authors Guild Files Appeal in Google Books Lawsuit

December 29th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · AAP, Copyrights, lawsuit → No Comments

Never one4312159033_6b1c4ce360[1] to give up on a fight, the Authors Guild filed a new appeal last week in the Google Books lawsuit. I don’t yet know the grounds for the appeal, but I have gotten my hands on a copy of the notice of appeal (found via @grimmelm, thanks) and I can confirm the news.
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New Ruling Finds Sherlock Holmes to be in the Public Domain in the US

December 27th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Copyrights, lawsuit, Sherlock Holmes → 3 Comments

A 10-month-old 6426695329_438be6530c[1]legal battle came to a quiet conclusion this week.

Chief District Court Judge Rubén Castillo issued a summary judgment on Monday that found that many of the familiar elements of the Holmes canon are no longer covered by United States copyright law and have long since fallen into the public domain.
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Amazon Wins Copyright Infringement Lawsuit in Germany.

October 25th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Copyrights, lawsuit → No Comments

eBookstore4606026458_a1bee72242_m[1] operators in Germany can sleep a little easier tonight.

The Oberlandesgericht München (Higher Regional Court of Munich) ruled yesterday that Amazon was not liable for an infringing ebook sold in the Kindle Store. According to the judge, Amazon lacked the knowledge that it was pirated.
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Friday Fun: Can Autonomously-Generated Content be Copyrighted?

September 13th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Copyrights → 5 Comments

For as long as copyright has existed it has usually been an accepted fact that the creator of a work (or their employer/owner) owns the copyright.

But over the past 30 or so years the definition of creator has expanded beyond the person who wrote the work; it now includes various autonomous software like Narrative Science’s Quill AI and its predecessors over the past 30 years (Racter, for example).

One can assume that the creator own the copyright, but what if the creator isn’t human?
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Goodreads Hit With Infringement Lawsuit Over a Photo Uploaded by a User

July 15th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Copyrights, DMCA, lawsuit → 7 Comments


Your average fangirl

A rights management agency by the name of BWP Media filed a lawsuit against Goodreads last week. This firm is alleging that by hosting a photo (that was uploaded by one of Goodreads users) Goodreads is a filthy stinking pirate.

BWP Media is seeking $150,000 in damages in recompense for the career that has been ruined by that terrible, terrible act.
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Apple Loses Yet Another Copyright Infringement Lawsuit in China

April 25th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Apple, Copyrights → No Comments

ws-space-apple-logo[1]Apple sure isn’t having much luck in China. Earlier this week a judge found that Apple was once again liable for pirated content sold via the Chinese iTunes.

The Beijing No 2 Intermediate People’s Court ruled on Tuesday that Apple had to pay 3 Chinese writers 730,000 yuan (about $118,000) for illegally selling their copyrighted work. These lawsuits were brought by the Writers’ Right Protection Union, a group that has been supporting writers in their efforts to fight online piracy.
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France Plans to Digitize & Sell Out of Print Books, Including Works by Ellison, Silverberg, Le Guin, & More

April 7th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Copyrights → 8 Comments

ReLIRETypopixelphrase[1]France’s national digitization project moved one step closer to fruition this week with the release of a list of 60,000 out of print works to be digitized and released as commercial ebooks.

The list is the work of ReLIRE, a new division of the Bibliothèque National de France. ReLire was created and authorized by the French Parliament in February 2012 with the purpose of identifying out of print titles from the the 20th century, digitizing them, and getting them back into the market.

The list of titles that was released this week is merely the first of the works that could be digitized, and ReLire will likely be releasing new lists in the future.

Update: Here is a later post with a more detailed look at the issues surrounding ReLire.
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