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  • Conan Doyle Estate Appeals Copyright Case to Supreme Court

    The Doyle estate is hoping to overturn two lower court decisions that affirming that the character of Sherlock Homes is in the public domain, in anticipation of a full appeal.

  • HarperCollins Presses Damages Case Against Open Road

    In a short reply brief filed on July 2, HarperCollins attorneys urged the court to uphold their request for an injunction and more than $1.1 million in damages and attorneys fees.

  • In Appeal Filing, Google Defends Snippets

    In a filing with the Second Circuit last week, Google defended its practice of displaying snippets in Google Book Search.

  • Open Road Fires Back at HarperCollins in Copyright Case

    Open Road attorneys called HarperCollins' $1.1 million request for attorneys fees "shocking," and argued that such an award would universally harm authors.

  • Appeals Court Affirms Sherlock Holmes is Public Domain

    In a ruling Monday, an appeals court affirmed that the character of Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain.

  • Authors Guild Responds to Second Circuit Ruling

    The Authors Guild released a statement in response to the Second Circuit's affirmation of Judge Harold Baer's October 2012 decision in the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust.

  • Second Circuit Upholds HathiTrust Verdict

    In its decision the court affirmed that scanning entire works to create full‐text searching is “a quintessentially transformative use.”

  • At Hearing, Wiley Urges Congress To 'Fix' Kirtsaeng

    In his testimony, Wiley president and CEO Stephen Smith said Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in Kirtsaeng has hobbled the publishers’ ability to sell textbooks abroad, and suggested a legislative fix.

  • Authors Guild Hits Back at Google Ruling

    Late Friday afternoon, the Authors Guild filed its appeal in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Google.

  • OnCopyright 2014 Focuses on the 'World We Live in Now'

    “We used to get our news from a couple of anchormen," noted Forbes CEO Mike Perlis in his OnCopyright 2014 keynote. "That’s not the world we live in any more."

  • Program Announced for CCC’s OnCopyright 2014 Event

    The event is set for Wednesday, April 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm, at the New York Academy of Sciences, located at 7 World Trade Center. Registration is still open.

  • Congress Advances Public Access Mandate for Federal Research

    With passage of the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act, Congress has advanced a 2013 Presidential directive requiring public access to taxpayer funded research.

  • Conan Doyle Estate Says Sherlock Not Free Yet

    Attorneys for the estate say the "complete" characters remain under copyright, and say they are exploring an appeal.

  • 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.

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