Tue, 26/01/2010 - 15:09
Mark Le Fanu, general secretary of the Society of Authors, has supported the revised Google Book Settlement in a submission made last week (22nd January) to the New York court which is to hold a fairness hearing into the settlement in February.
In the submission, Le Fanu said that "at a time when the creative industries are...
Sun, 24/01/2010 - 09:15
Rights holders should bear the brunt of the costs behind tackling digital piracy, a government minister has said. According to the Financial Times, Treasury minister Stephen Timms told delegates at the Oxford Media Convention that rights...
Thu, 21/01/2010 - 14:39
Publishers, authors and agents are starkly divided on the revised Google Book Settlement, as its opt-out deadline of 28th January looms.
The settlement allows US users to search more than seven million titles with an option to buy.
Opting-out means the rights-holder is no longer party to the agreement, cannot object to it, or...
Wed, 20/01/2010 - 14:32
The Society of Authors has today sent an email to all members with new guidance on whether or not to opt out of the Revised Google Book Settlement.
The deadline date for an opt-out decision is 28th January. SoA deputy general secretary Kate Pool said "we do not see any compelling evidence to opt out, though there are some who think...
Tue, 19/01/2010 - 08:47
As the deadline for opting out of the Google Settlement looms (28th January), authors say they are uneasy and confused over what action to take.
Usborne author Diana Kimpton, who is highly critical of the revised Settlement, said the main feeling among her fellow writers was "complete confusion", at being faced with "this...
Wed, 13/01/2010 - 08:29
The breakdown of talks last week in Brussels to harmonise private copying levies has left collecting agencies "surprised and disappointed", after it was abandoned by representatives from the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.
The levies, which are intended to compensate rights holders for private copies...
Tue, 12/01/2010 - 14:28
French culture minister Frédéric Mitterrand has endorsed the idea that Google should scan some French language books, but only on the basis of swapping files with a future national platform for digitised works.
Mitterrand said he was "completely satisfied" with proposals on scanning French heritage, presented...
Mon, 11/01/2010 - 07:05
Google has issued a public apology to Chinese writers and admitted that it scanned books under Chinese copyright for its Google Books digital library project, AFP is reporting.
A statement made by Asia-Pacific head of Google...
Wed, 23/12/2009 - 08:15
An Israeli hacker has claimed to have broken copyright protections built into Amazon’s Kindle for PC.
The move enables e-books stored on the reader to be read on other devices.
According to IT website The Register,...
Thu, 17/12/2009 - 09:00
A Chinese author is taking Google to court over alleged copyright infringement, the Financial Times reports.
Author Mian Mian filed a complaint over the internet giant scanning her works without permission on 23rd October. She is asking for Google to apologise for scanning part of her works, delete the scanned content from its...