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ALCS leads debate at House of Commons following author earnings report
July 9, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Following the release of the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) study “What Are Words Worth Now?,” already covered in TeleRead, which showed a catastrophic drop in writers' earnings, and the numbers of full-time authors, in the UK, the ALCS held a debate at the UK House of Commons on the issues raised in the report. Some participants at least didn't mince words about the report's conclusions. Owen Atkinson, Chief Executive of ALCS, said after the release of the report, "These are concerning times for writers. This rapid decline in both author incomes and in the numbers of those writing full-time could...

Evil Hat’s Atomic Robo copyright notice smooths the way for gamers making copies
July 7, 2014 | 6:53 pm

robonoticeHere’s an amusing case of a publisher getting copyright right. Evil Hat, who’s been mentioned here a few times before for its FUDGE-based Spirit of the Century role-playing game and Kickstarter projects, has a great copyright notice on its Atomic Robo RPG. Right after the bit about not storing the publication in a retrieval system without permission, it continues: That said, if you’re doing it for personal use, knock yourself out. That’s not only allowed, we encourage you to do it. For those working at a copy shop and not at all...

Does the UK’s CIC want to gag copyright reform proposals?
July 7, 2014 | 4:31 pm

CICGiven all the hysteria around the Amazon-Hachette faceoff in UK media, you could be forgiven for thinking that the UK publishing industry was on its last legs. Not so, according to the latest Create UK report, the main strategy document from the Creative Industries Council, available here. As part of the media circus surrounding the release of the report, UK Prime Minister David Cameron publicly undertook to double the value of exports from the UK's creative industries, currently running at £70 billion ($120 billion) a year, with a growth rate five times that of the wider economy over the past three...

Morning Roundup: Copyright wars harmed privacy. Reading Rainbow nearly 5M on Kickstarter
July 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

reading rainbowAmazon Promotes Hachette Title as “Best Book of the Month”, Won’t Let You Pre-Order it (The Digital Reader) Publishers Lunch noticed this morning that one of Amazon recommended titles for the month of July can’t actually be bought from Amazon. *** Nobody Cares About the Future of the Internet (Boing Boing) Julia "Law Comics" Powles attended last week's ICANN meeting in London, an event that attracted less media attention than the launch of mobile app "Yo," but which was the setting for discussions that will shape the future that we and our children and grandchildren will inhabit. Powles has seen the writing on the...

ALA comes out in favor of HathiTrust appeals ruling
June 18, 2014 | 12:25 pm

hathi.jpgThe American Library Association (ALA) has gone on record to declare its support for the recent appeals court victory by HathiTrust versus the Authors Guild for specific fair use by libraries. As already noted in Teleread, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an original ruling in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, deciding that it is is fair use to provide a full text search database and access to works for those with print-reading disabilities . This shouldn't come as a surprise, since the whole case revolved around fair use by libraries in the first place, but it's good to see...

Morning Roundup: Oyster expands to Android, Appeals Court rules on Sherlock Holmes
June 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

oyster expands to androidEbook subscription site Oyster expands to Android, Kindle Fire and Nook tablets (GigaOM) The $9.95 per month ebook subscription service Oyster, which was previously only available on iOS, expanded to Android, Kindle Fire and Nook HD tablets Tuesday. *** The Best eReader for Android (Lifehacker) Reading ebooks on Android used to be just okay. Now it's awesome. *** How Much Money the Biggest Publishers Actually Make (Digital Book World) Over the past ten years, sales at the largest publishers in the world have leveled as the book industry felt the effects of recession and of the ebook revolution. *** Appeals Court Rules Sherlock Holmes is in the Public Domain...

Morning Roundup: Leaving KDP Select. European copyright ruling and more
June 9, 2014 | 9:00 am

KDP SelectThe Real Reason Why Adults Read YA Fiction (GoodeReader)A 2012 study found that 55% of all Young Adult fiction was purchased by adults and many journalists lately have been writing either for or against if adults should be consuming childrens and YA Fiction at the levels they are. The deeper question is why our culture encourages us to perpetually relive our teenage years. *** What Happened When I left KDP Select (Nick Stephenson) But I like to look at the cold, hard numbers before coming to a conclusion, as everybody’s mileage seems to vary. *** You Can't Break Copyright by Looking at Something Online, Europe's...

Morning Roundup: Canada caving on copyright? Apple unveils new promo codes
May 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightHas Canada Caved on Copyright Term Extension in the TPP? (Michael Geist) According to the Japan News, those countries (which also include New Zealand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Brunei) are prepared to cave to U.S. pressure to extend the term of copyright to life of the author plus 70 years. *** Apple Unveils Promo Codes for In-App Purchases (GoodeReader) Developers now have the option to offer promo codes to unlock all fremnium content within their apps. *** Books-A-Million Tries to Make Online Hay Out of Amazon-Hachette Dispute (Digital Book World) In a press release (below), bookstore chain Books-A-Million claims that Hachette books are among the most popular on...

New author advocacy group Authors Alliance seeks to counterbalance Authors Guild on fair use issues
May 14, 2014 | 11:28 am

Origin 5142014 112418 AM.bmpA group of writers and copyright experts concerned over Authors Guild overreach has formed its own new author advocacy group, the Authors Alliance, to advocate in favor of fair use of works. Publishers Weekly has a fairly long interview with one of its directors, law professor Pamela Samuelson of the UC Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. (Samuelson’s name has popped up a few times on TeleRead as one of the critics of the proposed Google Books settlement and the Authors Guild’s role in it, and an organizer of the Berkeley Digital Library Copyright Project.) The Authors...

Morning Roundup: Surface Pro 3? Photographer targeting Google over copyright infringement and more
May 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

Surface Pro 3Oops! Microsoft hints at a Surface Pro 3 (GigaOM) An official Microsoft support page spotted by The Verge references the Surface Pro 3, a device that doesn’t yet exist. *** Keeping It Real — Are Our Technology Expectations Out of Whack? (The Scholarly Kitchen) Of course, these complaints are rife with contradictions. We want unlimited horsepower at low prices; we want more platform provider options but a “one-stop shop”; and we want them to be both unlimited in their scope and simple to work with. *** Photographer Who Settled With Twitter Over Copyright Infringement Allegations Now Targeting Google (Techdirt) As Mike opined during Boffoli's initial infringement lawsuit,...

How Many Times Did You Violate Copyright Today?
May 8, 2014 | 10:26 am

copyrightIn today's Morning Links, there was a great little piece from the always-reliable folks at Techdirt, featuring a video by Tom Bell which humorously draws attention to the ridiculousness of overly restrictive copyright law by pointing out just how much 'accidental' infringement an innocent person might do without even thinking. Most people, Filthy Pirates notwithstanding, are decent, honest folks who really do pay for books and music and media when they use them---the popularity of iTines, Netflix, Spotify, Pandora et al attests to that! But do you mentally dock yourself karma points every time you sing Happy Birthday? In the spirit of...

Morning Roundup: Licensing Fanfiction. Serial copyright infringement and more
May 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

fanfictionA Licensing Model for Fan Fiction (Future Book) As fanfiction continues to mature and become a more popular medium with greater revenue opportunities, it may soon be time for the publishing industry to take another look at the possibility of introducing alternative licensing systems. Building new relationships with readers and enabling new income streams for authors and publishers could be just some of the benefits. *** How Many Times a Day Do You Violate Copyright Law Without Even Realizing It? (Techdirt) In fact, he notes that pretty much everyone agrees that full enforcement is "undesirable and counterproductive." And, really that should be a clear...