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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 [...]

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 [...]

Ellora’s Cave author Ann Jacobs files request to intervene in Dear Author lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

When I last mentioned erotica e-book publisher Ellora’s Cave, in the context of discussing a Guardian story about the popularity of erotica e-books, some commenters remarked on the lack of mention [...]

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 [...]

The mystery of the U.S. 287 paperbacks

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

It’s a tale fit to chill the heart of a son of librarians: earlier this year, someone was chucking paperback books out his driver side window along a stretch of U.S. 287 in Colorado. They were [...]

Another VAT MOSS casualty: Schlock Mercenary PDFs

By Chris Meadows
July 31, 2015 // 3 Comments

At Gen Con this evening, I got to spectate as Schlock Mercenary webcomic artist Howard Tayler and several other players took part in a playtest/demonstration session of the upcoming Planet Mercenary [...]

Orphan works copyright law controversy: Don’t panic!

By Chris Meadows
July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

It seemed important to lead with those two words, in large, friendly headline letters, based on the breathless “everybody panic!” takes that have been spreading around this matter lately. I’ve [...]

Appeals court upholds Cote’s Apple anti-trust verdict and settlement

By Chris Meadows
June 30, 2015 // 5 Comments

Only last month, the 2nd Circuit appeals court said that anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich could continue to monitor Apple in a ruling on Apple’s appeal of Judge Cote’s refusal to dismiss him. [...]

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 [...]

Typo settles with Blackberry, stops making phone keyboards

By Chris Meadows
June 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Don’t mess with Blackberry, even if you’re Ryan Seacrest. That’s the lesson Typo seems to have learned. After a lawsuit and an injunction, the company has reached a settlement with BlackBerry [...]

Apple anti-trust monitor can stay on, appeals court rules

By Chris Meadows
May 28, 2015 // 3 Comments

My, the squabbles between Apple and the e-book anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich have been going on for a long time, haven’t they? I can’t even keep track of how many shots and volleys have [...]

Progress, Innovation and Regulation

By Joanna Cabot
April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the threats every emerging innovation seems to face this days is…well, it’s being a threat. The status quo can be a comfortable place for those who are within its bubble, and when [...]

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 [...]

Wall Street Journal blasts Apple anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich for overcharging, malfeasance

By Chris Meadows
February 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Well, there goes the Wall Street Journal again. In a paywalled opinion piece (just Google “All Along the Apple Watchtower” to read it), the Journal once again takes aim at Apple anti-trust [...]

Appeals court judges ask probing questions in Apple e-book anti-trial case

By Chris Meadows
December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Yesterday, the appeals court heard testimony from Apple and the Department of Justice relating to the e-book anti-trust trial appeal. To my surprise, two of the three judges seemed amenable toward [...]

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