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ACRL, ALA, and ARL Will File Google Book Search Settlement Amicus Brief

Posted in ALA, ARL Libraries, Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on February 27th, 2009

The American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries will file an amicus brief authored by Jonathan Band about the Google Book Search Settlement.

Read more about it at "Library Organizations to File Amicus Brief in Google Book Search Settlement."

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    "The Kindle Swindle?"

    Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Publishing on February 25th, 2009

    In "The Kindle Swindle?," Roy Blount Jr., President of the Authors Guild, defends the Guild's opposition to the Kindle's ability to read books and other works aloud.

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      New Zealand Delays Law That Would Terminate Internet Accounts of Repeat Copyright Infringers

      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Legislation and Government Regulation on February 24th, 2009

      New Zealand's prime minister is delaying the implementation of a controversial new copyright law that will force ISP's to terminate the accounts of repeat copyright infringers until March 27th in order to study whether implementing the law is feasible.

      Here's an excerpt from the law:

      92A Internet service provider must have policy for terminating accounts of repeat infringer

      1. An Internet service provider must adopt and reasonably implement a policy that provides for termination, in appropriate circumstances, of the account with that Internet service provider of a repeat infringer.
      2. In subsection (1), repeat infringer means a person who repeatedly infringes the copyright in a work by using 1 or more of the Internet services of the Internet service provider to do a restricted act without the consent of the copyright owner.

      Read more about it at "New Zealand P2P Disconnection Plan Delayed after Outcry"; "New Zealand Three Strikes Mandate Delayed"; and "Three Strikes Encounters Political, Netroots Opposition Down Under."

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        Blog Report on the Legal and Ethical Implications of Large-Scale Digitization of Manuscript Collections Symposium

        Posted in Copyright, Digitization on February 24th, 2009

        Merrilee Proffitt of RLG Programs has posted a blog report on the Legal and Ethical Implications of Large-Scale Digitization of Manuscript Collections symposium at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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          NPR Podcast: Librarian Opposes Google's Library Fees

          Posted in ARL Libraries, Copyright, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on February 24th, 2009

          In an NPR podcast (Librarian Opposes Google's Library Fees), Robert Darnton, Director of the Harvard University Library, says that the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement "raises the danger of a monopoly" and calls for a public debate on the settlement.

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            E-Book Duopoly?: Chairman of the Board of Association of American Publishers on the Google Book Search Settlement

            Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Publishing on February 23rd, 2009

            Richard Sarnoff, Chairman of the Board of Association of American Publishers, discussed the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy last week.

            Timothy B. Lee reports on his comments in "Publisher Speculates about Amazon/Google E-Book 'Duopoly'."

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              Walt Crawford on the Google Books Search Settlement

              Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on February 22nd, 2009

              The latest issue of Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large is dedicated to an in-depth (30-page) look at the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The agreement could be a lot worse. The outcome could also be a lot better. I'm sure Google would agree with both statements, as it finds itself in businesses where it has neither expertise nor much chance of advertising-level profits. At the same time, the copyright maximalists didn't quite win this round. We'll almost certainly get somewhat better access to several million OP books—and will have to hope (and work to see) that the price (monetary and otherwise) isn't too high.

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                In 2007-2008, Reed Elsevier Inc. Made Contributions to Eight House Judiciary Committee Members

                Posted in Copyright, Legislation and Government Regulation, Publishing on February 20th, 2009

                According to data from OpenSecrets.org, Reed Elsevier Inc. made contributions to eight House Judiciary Committee members during 2007-2008.

                1. John Conyers, Jr., (D) Michigan, 14th, Chair: $4,000
                2. Howard Berman, (D) California, 28th: $3,000
                3. Howard Coble, (R) North Carolina, 6th: $4,000
                4. Darrell Issa, (R) California, 49th: $1,000
                5. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D) Texas, 18th: $1,000
                6. Jerrold Nadler, (D) New York, 8th: $1,000
                7. Lamar Smith, (R) Texas, 21st: $2,000
                8. Robert Wexler, (D) Florida, 19th: $2,000

                It also made 2007-2008 contributions to two Senate Judiciary Committee members:

                1. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania: $2,000
                2. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama: $1,000
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