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 [...]

FCC cracks down on convention centers blocking personal WiFi (Updated)

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Update: A response and clarification from Smart City follows the original article. Just as I got a Karma Go personal WiFi hotspot, convention centers that block personal hotspots are experiencing a little karma of their own. I thought I’d covered this for TeleRead in January when the FCC fined [...]

FTC reportedly investigates Apple restrictions on iOS music service apps

By Chris Meadows
July 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is quietly investigating whether the terms Apple places on competitors’ music services on its devices pose an anti-trust issue, Reuters reports based on anonymous sources. Apple’s traditional 30% cut of all digital goods sold on its platform is putting pressure on [...]

European Commission opens anti-trust probe into Amazon ‘most-favored nation’ policy

By Chris Meadows
June 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

That pesky most-favored nation clause in e-book contracts is rearing its head again, this time in Europe. The European Commission has announced it is opening an anti-trust investigation into Amazon’s practice of requiring notice when e-books sold on Amazon were sold more cheaply somewhere else so [...]

Gen Con, other businesses displeased with new Indiana religious freedom law

By Chris Meadows
March 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

As I’ve said before, Gen Con’s reputation as the largest gaming convention in North America eclipses its status as one of the largest writing conventions in North America, offering guidance on all aspects of writing and publishing. On Monday, March 23, Gen Con’s CEO sent a letter (PDF) to [...]

UK prison books crackdown overturned, Grayling disgraced

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

The widely castigated UK government policy of imposing heavy restrictions on prisoner access to books, as part of an Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme, has been ruled unlawful by the UK High Court, in a humiliating defeat for Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor Chris [...]

Copyright Office posts DMCA exemption petitions

By Chris Meadows
November 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

A few weeks ago I discussed the need for a DMCA exemption for e-books, in light of the US Copyright Office requesting petitions for such exemptions. The Copyright Office has now posted all 44 petitions it received as PDFs. There are a number of interesting petitions there—not least of them my [...]

Authors United to ask Department of Justice for Amazon antitrust inquiry

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

So, Authors United’s latest publicity stunt is to declare they’re asking the Department of Justice to investigate Amazon for anti-trust issues in the wake of the continuing contract dispute with Hachette. (Publishers Weekly talks about it here, linking to a paywalled Financial Times article [...]

Looking back at Michael Bromwich’s report on Apple antitrust compliance

By Chris Meadows
September 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve had much to say about the Apple antitrust suit. I’ve been a bit busy to write much for TeleRead in general, what with my new day job and things. Nate on The Digital Reader has some good coverage of the main points of interest: Apple Agrees to Pay $450 Million in [...]

PACER to restore ten years of deleted records; is still obnoxiously expensive

By Chris Meadows
September 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

I thought I’d mentioned this at the time it happened, but I apparently didn’t. Last month, the court records database PACER deleted ten years’ worth of electronic federal court documents in the course of a hardware update. This sparked an immediate backlash from lawmakers. Now Ars Technica [...]

Google uses transfer pricing to avoid paying European taxes

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2014 // 1 Comment

One of the most commonly-heard complaints about Amazon, at least in Europe, is that it sells e-books from a division based in Luxembourg so that it can charge a much lower VAT (Value-Added Tax, the European equivalent of sales tax) rate on its e-books than UK law allows. The unspoken implication is [...]

Aereo loses, cell phone privacy wins at Supreme Court today

By Chris Meadows
June 25, 2014 // 2 Comments

A pair of important Supreme Court decisions came down today—one disappointing and one critically important to anyone who uses mobile devices. The disappointing one is a 6-3 decision killing Aereo. The service that used dedicated individual miniature antennas to stream broadcast TV service to [...]

Apple settles e-book anti-trust damages with states, class-action plaintiffs

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Well, there’s a thing. Reuters reports that Apple has agreed to settle the e-book anti-trust lawsuit filed by 33 state attorneys general and class-action lawyers for consumers from other states. Details of the settlement have not been released; it still needs approval from the court. Judge Cote [...]

House first sale doctrine hearing: My points of view

By Chris Meadows
June 4, 2014 // 6 Comments

Well, that was quite a few articles. I hope you at least read my summaries, and they didn’t put you to sleep. I was impressed by the breadth of viewpoints represented in that sample of testimony. We heard from a major publisher, a company and an interest group lobbying for digital resale, a [...]

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