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Authors Guild v. Google Ruling: An Expansive View of Fair Use

David Chavern | Posted 05.03.2016 | Business
David Chavern

The Supreme Court's recent decision to deny review of the Authors Guild v. Google, Inc. ruling was a blow not just to the suit's plaintiffs in the book industry but to all of us in the business of writing and publishing content.

Amazon the Monopoly: Getting Smart About Books

Lisa Dale Norton | Posted 02.11.2017 | Business
Lisa Dale Norton

Who amongst you has not anteed up for a book from Amazon? Admit it, even those of you who dream of publishing your own book have spent money at Amazon buying e-books or printed books for less than any competitor could afford to sell them.

Google's Massive Book-Scanning Project Is Legal, U.S. Court Rules

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.16.2015 | Technology

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that Google's massive effort to scan millions of books for an online library does not violat...

My Pay off for Writing for Free

Deborah Plummer | Posted 08.07.2016 | Books
Deborah Plummer

When I read the admonishment, "The more we write for nothing, the more people think that's just what we deserve," I took pause to reflect. Was I diminishing myself as a writer by sharing my ideas in this space? And by doing so was I also casting disregard on professional writers?

On Amazon's 'Offer' to Hachette Authors

Emma Walton Hamilton | Posted 09.10.2014 | Books
Emma Walton Hamilton

In the end, what continues to rise up in the debate -- and what Amazon seemingly continues to ignore -- is the fact that books are different from the myriad other products that Amazon sells.

I Respect Music: Artists' Pay for Radio Play

William Buckley Jr. | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
William Buckley Jr.

Congress, for the first time since 1976, is reviewing and rewriting copyright law and doing so within the context of the Internet and the digital distribution of creative works. The stakes couldn't be higher for the creative community.

All Your Books Are Belong To Us

George Heymont | Posted 07.04.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

There's an old saying that "knowledge is power." However, long before anyone had written up a job description for an "intellectual property" lawyer, people were battling over who should and should not have access to knowledge.

Amazon Faces Fight Over .Book Domain

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2013 | Books

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two publishing industry groups, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, are opposing Amazon.com Inc's reque...

Court Halts Authors' Lawsuit Against Google

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2012 | Technology

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An appeals court judge on Monday suspended trial court litigation involving Google Inc and thousands of authors pending appeal by...

Future Of Google Digital Library Remains Uncertain

philly.com | Posted 06.11.2011 | Books

It was a glittering dream: A vast worldwide digital library, tens of millions of books all in one easily accessible place . . . named Google....

New York Review: 6 Reasons Google Books Failed

The New York Review of Books | Posted 05.28.2011 | Books

Judge Denny Chin’s opinion in rejecting the settlement between Google and the authors and publishers who sued it for infringement of their copyright...

Google Books Case May Go To Congress

nytimes.com | CLAIRE CAIN MILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

SAN FRANCISCO — Now that a judge has curtailed Google’s ambitions to create a giant digital bookstore and library, the company is left with few ap...

Can eMails Be Binding In Publishing Deals?

publishersweekly.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In February the New York Times ran a story warning real estate brokers and property owners to pay close attention to the e-mails they send, after a ru...

Authors' Guild Argues In Favor Of Censorship?

volokh.com | David Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Over at the New York Times, yesterday, Scott Turow and James Shapiro, both of the Authors' Guild, penned a short piece in defense of stronger copyrigh...

Google Books May Change Copyright Law And Privacy

San Jose Mercury News | Mike Swift | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

SAN JOSE -- Sometime in the near future, a federal judge will decide whether Google can proceed with its plan to create a digital library and bookstor...

Google Staunchly Defends Digital Books Agreement

Reuters | Diane Bartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Google Inc argued in a staunch and sometimes eloquent brief that an agreement reached with the Authors Guild to digitize millions of books was legal a...

Steinbeck And Guthrie Families Now Support Google Books

The New York Times | Motoko Rich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The families of the author John Steinbeck and the musician Woody Guthrie, which previously opposed the proposed Google Book settlement that would crea...

Google Books Settlement: Key Players Comment

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz and Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's been three years since the lawsuit was filed that launched the Google Books Settlement, a long series of back-and-forth negotiations about the co...