Legal

Color It Confusing: Can the UK’s VAT People Classify Coloring Books as Not Books?
May 26, 2016 at 10:18 am

Recently, one of the bright spots of British publishing, as in the States and elsewhere, has been the craze for adult coloring books. Their popularity has helped to fuel the industry’s gains in print sales. (More on the UK’s 2015 statistics here.) But now, The Bookseller’s Lisa Campbell reports, several publishers—ranging from large corporations to…

NCLB Gives Way to ESSA: What Does It Mean for K-12 Publishers?
February 2, 2016 at 12:08 pm

At the end of 2015, Democrats and Republicans in Congress surprised nearly everyone by coming together to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. This law, which replaced what was known as No Child Left Behind, or NCLB, embodies the federal government’s education policies and sets guidelines for billions of dollars in federal spending.…

The Authors Guild: A Mouse Roaring
January 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm

It is interesting to watch the Authors Guild take the next vital step in proving itself irrelevant. “As part of its ongoing effort to raise writers’ income,” reports Publishers Weekly this first week of January, 2016, “the Authors Guild is sending an open letter to members of the Association of American Publishers. The Guild will…

End of the Line for Google Books Lawsuit?
January 6, 2016 at 2:01 pm

The Authors Guild’s decade-long legal battle with Google reached the U.S. Supreme Court last Thursday, as the professional organization asked the court to settle whether or not book digitization represents “copyright infringement on an epic scale.” The appeal does not mean the Supreme Court will hear the case and issue a broad ruling on copyright,…

The Authors Guild Files to Take Google to the Supreme Court
January 4, 2016 at 12:30 pm

The Authors Guild has officially asked the Supreme Court to hear its case against Google — a long-running dispute over whether copyright law allows for Google to scan and post excerpts from books for its Google Books service. The group filed a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court Thursday. Google's free service allows users…

DOJ Asks Supreme Court to Turn Away Apple
December 30, 2015 at 2:32 pm

The Department of Justice is asking the Supreme Court to refuse to hear Apple's appeal of a ruling that it conspired with publishers to raise the price of ebooks. The antitrust ruling against Apple—issued in 2013 by U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote and affirmed this year by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals—was "supported…

Apple Thinks it Can Win this Case at the Supreme Court
November 4, 2015 at 2:23 pm

It’s no accident that the petition Apple submitted to the Supreme Court last week begins with a reference to Leegin Creative Leather Products, a manufacturer of fancy cowboy belts. Or that the case known as Leegin v. PSKS comes up 81 times in the 250-page document. Apple’s appeal rises or falls on Leegin. And Leegin,…

Why Apple Took Its Ebook Fight to the Supreme Court
October 30, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Having maintained its innocence throughout the federal district court trial, which it lost, and in the appeal, which it lost in a split decision, it should surprise no one that Apple is taking its e-book antitrust case to the highest court in the land. Accompanying Thursday’s 250-page petition was a brief statement to the press:…

Another Big Win for Google Books (and for Researchers)
October 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Google’s legal winning streak continues with last week’s decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which rejected the Authors Guild’s appeal of the dismissal of its lawsuit against Google over the latter’s massive book-scanning project. I won’t take up space here recapping the timeline of this now-ten-year-old legal saga – there’s a pretty good…

German Booksellers Seek Action on Amazon Audiobooks
September 22, 2015 at 2:04 pm

The association of German book sellers accused Amazon and its subsidiary Audible on Monday of building a monopoly in the audio book business as it lodged complaints with the German competition authority and the European Commission. The association said in a statement that Amazon and Audible were abusing their dominant market position to force publishers…