Rights Management & Royalties
Although no details are yet available, attorneys for Audible and seven major publishers have told the court that they have resolved their issues.
In a letter to the court, Audible attorneys said the parties "have been engaged in earnest settlement discussions to address this complicated, multi-party dispute with potentially significant implications,” and asked for more time to finish an agreement.
Strong will step in while a permanent replacement is sought for Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple, who announced last week that she is leaving the Copyright Office to accept a new position at the Motion Picture Association.
Details remain murky, but this week the AAP issued a strong rebuke to an open access policy said to be under consideration by the Trump Administration.
The 10-year-old copyright protection and enforcement platform uses AI-driven scanning technology to track copyright material online.
Audible attorneys this week asked for the case to be referred to a Magistrate judge for a settlement conference, but after the publisher plaintiffs rejected the idea, judge Valerie Caproni denied the request.
Temple had been serving as Acting Register since October, 2016, earning positive reviews. "Karyn has done a superb job as Acting Register for the last two-and-a-half years,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, in a statement announcing the appointment.
By a 348 to 278 margin, the European Parliament voted to approve a sweeping copyright reform bill celebrated by publishers and media companies, but which critics say could harm free expression online and fundamentally alter the way the internet works.