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  • Court Rules Sherlock Holmes is Public Domain

    In a December 23 ruling, a federal judge declared that the character of Sherlock Holmes, as well as other characters and elements of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic series are in the public domain.

  • Appeals Court Questions GSU E-Reserves Verdict

    By most accounts, it was a rough day in court for the defendants in the Georgia State University e-reserves case.

  • Google Win Expands Fair Use

    After eight years of litigation—three of which had all parties stumping together for an ill-fated, controversial settlement—Judge Denny Chin last week dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Authors Guild over Google’s mass scanning of library books.

  • CCC Paid a Record $188.7 Million in Royalties in 2013

    Under the direction of CEO Tracey Armstrong, who took the helm of CCC in 2007, the Copyright Clearance Center has posted an increase of more than $34 million in royalties paid in the last three years alone.

  • Podcast: Tilting to Fair Use

    The Google Books case, first brought by the Authors Guild in 2005, had once received that billing. But court observers today expect the lawsuit will end soon – and without an awful lot of hoopla.

  • Google Books Case Appears Ready to Be Decided

    Once expected to be a defining copyright battle for the digital age when it was first filed in 2005, the case came down to a short, anticlimactic hearing in which Chin reserved judgment, but sounded more than ready to rule.

  • Authors Guild: Wait for Congress to Sort Out Google Scanning

    The fair use doctrine is not designed to address the enormity of Google’s infringement, Authors Guild attorneys argue, calling the legality of the book scanning program “a cutting edge” technological issue best left to Congress to address.

  • A Year Later, Opposition Briefs Filed in Authors Guild vs. Google

    After losing its class action status on appeal, the long-running copyright case now continues in the name of the Authors Guild and the three named plaintiffs.

  • Despite Copyright Concerns, 1DollarScan Grows, Marks Second Year

    1DollarScan is an unusual venture that will scan print books and deliver a PDF back to the customer--for a dollar. While the Authors Guild has called the company a copyright infringer, 1DollarScan's business is growing.

  • Ingram Adapts CoreSource to Comply with U.K. Deposit Law

    In an agreement that marries one of the oldest collections of print publications with modern technology, the Ingram Content Group has expanded its CoreSource platform to include direct distribution to the British Library, making it easy for publishers to comply with U.K. legal deposit law.

  • Judge Deals ‘Used’ E-book Market a Setback

    Publishers breathed a sigh of relief last week as federal judge Richard Sullivan dealt a setback to any potential resale market for digital books. In a forceful ruling in Capitol Records v. ReDigi, Sullivan held that the doctrine of “first sale,” which allows consumers to redistribute lawfully acquired copies, does not apply to the transfer of digital files.

  • Grimmelmann: ReDigi, Digital First Sale...and Star Trek

    At oral argument, Judge Sullivan drew a Star Trek analogy. He asked whether ReDigi was more like a transporter, or a replicator. The problem for ReDigi, and the reason the case is so fascinating, is that the Internet is both.

  • In ReDigi Case, Court Forcefully Rejects Digital First Sale

    In Capitol Records vs. ReDigi, federal judge Richard Sullivan strongly rejected the expansion of the first sale to cover digital files.

  • No Resale for Digital Music

    Judge Richard Sullivan ruled against "the world's first pre-owned digital marketplace" ReDigi and cited the fact that music on the site was in fact copied.

  • Grimmelmann: Issues in Kirtsaeng 'Significant'

    PW contributing editor James Grimmelmann breaks down yesterday's landmark Supreme Court ruling. "However one comes out on first sale and imported textbooks, the issue, in books and beyond, is too significant to end here," he writes. "Ladies and gentlemen, start your lobbyists."

  • Supreme Court Upholds First Sale In Landmark Kirtsaeng Ruling

    In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court, by a 6-3 margin, today held that the doctrine of first sale, which allows for legally acquired copyrighted works to be resold by their owners, does apply to works made overseas.

  • Orphan Works Legislation Appears Unlikely

    When the U.S. Copyright Office asked for comments on the thorny orphan works problem last October, hopes were raised that a legislative solution could be in the offing. But after hundreds of initial comments from both individuals and organizations it is now looking like meaningful orphan works legislation may not be in the cards.

  • U.S. Attorneys Opt Out of GSU E-Reserves Case

    In a filing late last week, the U.S. Department of Justice said it will not file an amicus brief after all in the appeal of the Georgia State e-reserves case.

  • White House Issues Public Access Directive

    The Obama Administration today used its executive power to issue a Policy Memorandum that could finally make public access to federally funded research a reality.

  • Lawsuit Seeks to Put Sherlock Holmes in the Public Domain

    Author and scholar Leslie Klinger has filed suit in federal court last week against the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, asking the court to declare that the famous characters of Sherlock Holmes and John H. Watson are no longer protected by federal copyright laws.

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