Authors Guild

Google Books did not fail; it succeeded

By Chris Meadows
September 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

What ever happened to Google Books? Columbia law professor Tim Wu wonders about that in this piece in the New Yorker. Wu notes that the Google book-scanning effort started with “a plan to scan all of the world’s books and make them available to the public online” but where is that plan now? [...]

Yes, Authors Guild, writers are screwed—here’s what to do about it

By David Rothman
September 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Any news that writers are screwed? An Authors Guild survey of members shows that 56 percent of surveyed writers earn less than the poverty line here in the U.S., if only writing income counts. Publisher’s Weekly says: “The survey, conducted this spring by the Codex Group, is based on [...]

More information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and orphan works reform

By Chris Meadows
September 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

A few days ago, I mentioned that the EFF and other groups were writing the US Trade Representative to request he not sign off on any Trans-Pacific Partnership provisions that would block ongoing congressional attempts to reform the orphan works situation. Here’s a little more information on that [...]

Authors United monopoly claim against Amazon is fairly unconvincing

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A couple of interesting pieces on the Authors United matter popped up today. In the New Yorker, Vauhini Vara looks at the united authors’ arguments put forward in their letter. Calling those arguments “highly unorthodox,” she goes over them with the help of some anti-trust experts. The [...]

Authors United officially asks Department of Justice to investigate Amazon

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled article; Google the headline to read the whole thing) that Authors United has finally gotten around to sending its letter to the Department of Justice asking that it investigate Amazon for anti-trust issues. It’s taken them long enough; they first [...]

‘Author’ organizations make noise on behalf of publishers

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Self-publishing advocate Barry Eisler has an opinion piece on Techdirt discussing the way that so many organizations with “authors” in the name (Authors Guild, Authors United, etc.) seem to be arguing on behalf of publishers rather than authors. Now look, there’s nothing wrong with lobbying [...]

Authors Guild complains about publishers’ low e-book royalties

By Chris Meadows
July 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Authors Guild has issued the opening salvo in its Fair Contract Initiative. The organization has released a lengthy report to its membership detailing the inadequate royalties authors are currently issued on e-books, Publishers Weekly reports. The current standard e-book royalty is 25% of [...]

Appeals court rules HathiTrust book scanning is fair use

By Chris Meadows
June 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

Ars Technica reports that the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the HathiTrust case, the legal sibling to the Google Books lawsuit. HathiTrust is the organization of university libraries that provided books to Google for scanning purposes in return for receiving copies for themselves. A [...]

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