Trans-Pacific Partnership still pushing to screw your rights in secret

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chris Meadows reported almost a year ago to the day on the invidious attempts by US trade negotiators in hock to Big Media vested interests to impose onerous copyright, intellectual property, and public domain restrictions worldwide via the Trans-Pacific Partnership – in secret, without [...]

Happy International Day Against DRM!

By Dan Eldridge
May 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Honestly, I hadn’t even heard about this until I woke up this morning and checked my phone, but apparently today—that’s Friday, May 3, 2013—is something of a holiday in the digital publishing community. It’s the fifth annual International Day Against DRM. Huh. The [...]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By libertyc
December 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

Who’s Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer’s Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition (Electronic Frontier Foundation) Your Rights and Deadlines Under the Price Fixing Settlement (Dear Author) Nine Ideas for Making E-Books More Fun to Give as Presents (Slate) Kindle Daily Deal: The [...]

Humble E-Book Bundle Raises $1.2 Million

By libertyc
October 25, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Humble Indie E-Book Bundle’s sale period is over. It raised over $1.2 million on over 84,000 sales, with an average purchase price of $14.28—an altogether impressive amount. Participating author John Scalzi has a couple of post-mortem posts on his blog looking at the reasons for it. Scalzi [...]

Righthaven defendant may recover legal costs from Righthaven parent Stephens Media

By libertyc
March 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

A brief follow-up to my latest post about copyright troll Righthaven’s travails: Wendy Davis at the Daily Online Examiner reports that the EFF has helped one of Righthaven’s defendants, the Democratic Underground, file suit against Stephens Media, the company that launched Righthaven and [...]

EFF mostly satisfied over Amazon Silk privacy concerns

By libertyc
October 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

Following up to the privacy concerns about Amazon’s “Silk” browser, the EFF spoke with Amazon and asked some questions about privacy-related matters. The EFF’s Dan Auerbach reports coming away from the conversation mostly satisfied with Amazon’s measures, with only a couple of major [...]

Ruling in favor of UCLA right to rip DVDs may have implications for HathiTrust

By libertyc
October 5, 2011 // 3 Comments

Did I just hear the DMCA’s anti-circumvention precisions creak a little? Ars Technica reports that a judge has ruled educational institutions are legally entitled to rip and stream DVDs that they have legally purchased. The case involves UCLA ripping and streaming some educational DVDs from [...]

California Reader Privacy Act signed into law

By libertyc
October 4, 2011 // 1 Comment

The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that the California Reader Privacy Act has been signed into law. The act “will establish privacy protections for book purchases [including e-book purchases] similar to long-established privacy laws for library records.” While the EFF trumpets this as a [...]

EFF and ACLU sponsor California state reading-record privacy law

By libertyc
March 31, 2011 // 0 Comments

An EFF press release trumpets the introduction of a bill in the California state legislature that would require a warrant or court order for access to sensitive reading records of both print and electronic books. The Reader Privacy Act of 2011 (SB 602) is backed by the ACLU and the EFF, and brings [...]

EFF reviews predictions for newspaper, book issues in 2010

By libertyc
December 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

Over the last few days, the EFF has been looking back at predictions it made at the beginning of the year to see how they have played out. Most of these have relatively little to do with e-reading (though the one on hardware hacking does touch on it orthogonally with mention of the exemption [...]

Humble Indie Bundle 2 uses digital media to raise funds for charities, developers

By libertyc
December 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

Although this is not directly about e-books, it uses the economics of digital media in a way similar to some e-book charity efforts, and reiterates an important point about digital piracy. Back in May, I reported on the “Humble Indie Bundle”, a pack of five games that a group of indie [...]

EFF releases 2010 E-Book Buyer’s Guide to E-Book Privacy

By libertyc
December 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website: With the 2010 holidays upon us, it’s time to update EFF’s E-Book Buyer’s Guide to E-Book Privacy, which summarizes and comments on the privacy-related policies of several e-readers. What’s new. We’ve added in the [...]

The ‘Humble Indie Bundle’ and its implications for piracy

By libertyc
May 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

Taking advantage of the zero-marginal-cost nature of electronic media distribution, a group of independent computer game developers has teamed up to offer the “Humble Indie Bundle”, a bundle of five games (including the award-winning World of Goo) for Windows, Macintosh, or Linux as a [...]

Quick Notes: Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, New York Times, iPhones

By libertyc
March 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

SmashWords is getting smashed by Read an E-book Week, reports Steve Jordan at Nate’s Ebook News blog. Smashwords is running a special promotion for the week, with 3,000 authors participating, and seems to be running into some bandwidth bottlenecks. This level of demand is certainly a great sign [...]

Quick Notes: Paper apps, Opera, DMCA, iBooks, and more

By libertyc
March 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rupert Murdoch has confirmed that the Wall Street Journal will be on the iPad. Meanwhile, the Washington Post just launched a paid subscription mobile news app for the iPhone/iPod Touch. The price isn’t bad—$1.99 for 12 months—but this could go up after the first year. From Nate’s Ebook [...]

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