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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 Apple’s point of view. They expressed concern over why the publisher collusion was such a bad thing [...]

Apple music DRM case wraps up with final witness

By Chris Meadows
December 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Apple iTunes DRM case proceeds apace. After finding a replacement plaintiff to supplant those who were found not to have bought iPods during the required time period, the case moved forward, hearing reluctant testimony from a former iTunes engineer who worked on blocking the interoperability of [...]

Judge Cote rules DRM removal for fair use is not copyright infringement

By Chris Meadows
December 10, 2014 // 7 Comments

The Apple anti-trust case continues to have some interesting fallout. The EFF today issued a press release concerning Judge Denise Cote last month dismissing some charges in a related case, trumpeting that Cote had ruled that stripping DRM for fair use purposes is legal. I’ve read the 20-page [...]

Connor Cochran rebuts Internet troll’s allegations over Conlan Press product delays

By Chris Meadows
December 8, 2014 // 6 Comments

Update (9/1/2015): The below story is a little out-of-date at this point, but not quite enough has come to light for a whole new post on the matter, so I’m updating this story for the sake of anyone who stumbles across it in Google. In the months that followed the publication of the original [...]

Apple iPod DRM case heats up, but might still fizzle

By Chris Meadows
December 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

The wheels of justice grind slowly, and sometimes a bit of grit gets stuck in the gears. This seems to be the case with the ten-year-old lawsuit against Apple over the DRM policies it used to enforce on iTunes Music Store music and iPods. Over the last couple of weeks, it’s started moving again, [...]

Your eyes can relax: Looking at stuff online is no longer patented

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Well, that may be overstating the … ahem … case a little, but not by much. One of the most notorious instances of patent trolling, the claim by a company called Ultramercial that it has a valid patent for advertising on the internet, has finally been knocked (or gaveled) on the head by [...]

Latest Randall Rader developments suggest how broke the U.S. patent system is

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Skeptics of the state of the U.S. patent and IP regime who regard the whole farrago as a happy hunting ground for trolls will feel even more vindicated by the latest developments following the resignation and subsequent retirement of Randall Rader, formerly chief justice of the U.S. Court of [...]

UK prisoners no longer quite so screwed by government political games

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

The UK government’s decision to crack down on reading material for prisoners has been showcased as one of the most conspicuous, damaging, and brutal exercises in political grandstanding through books in (admittedly, more and more congested) recent memory. Fortunately, as a result of [...]

Ellora’s Cave sues Dear Author over ‘defamatory’ blog post

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2014 // 1 Comment

Well, that was unexpected. The saga of Ellora’s Cave has been chronicled over the last few months, and especially over the last few weeks, on various e-book blogs I read. For example, from The Passive Voice: Ellora’s Cave The mysterious case of the missing royalty checks from Ellora’s Cave [...]

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 [...]

Podcaster Adam Carolla settles patent troll case

By Joanna Cabot
August 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

An interesting little tidbit from the world of intellectual property litigation today: podcaster and actor Adam Carolla has settled a patent troll lawsuit which was getting a lot of attention. I know a little this because the Beloved is a devoted listener of Carolla’s prolifically produced [...]

How newspapers are circumventing the the EU’s ‘Right to be Forgotten’ law

By Joanna Cabot
July 18, 2014 // 4 Comments

Techdirt has an interesting piece about how the EU’s ‘Right to be Forgotten’ law—a law which requires search engine owners to remove articles at the request of people mentioned in them. The law is intended to help people ensure that potentially embarrassing things about them [...]

Canada’s anti-spam laws take effect this week

By Joanna Cabot
July 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Some of our Canadian readers may have noticed a sudden glut of emails from websites, mailing lists and so forth which include an opt-in link. Surprise! It’s not a phishing scam! These emails are legitimate communiques from any organization you might deal with who is based in Canada. The [...]

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