Supreme Court rejects Amazon appeal; New York affiliate program sales tax law stands

By libertyc
December 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

A few years ago, states started passing laws requiring Amazon to pay sales tax if it offered affiliate marketing programs in their state, rather than only being required to pay them if it had physical facilities there. This resulted in Amazon cutting off its affiliate programs in any state that [...]

Judge Dismisses Authors' Case Against Google Books

By libertyc
November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Well, the lengthy legal battle over Google Books may be coming to a close. According to cNet, U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in New York rejected authors’ arguments against digitizing books without copyright holder permission, and he granted Google’s motion for summary judgment. [...]

Renting Textbooks from Amazon? Better Not Cross State Lines…

By libertyc
August 18, 2013 // 7 Comments

A poster at Mobile Read alerted me to this shocking story from Inside Higher Ed, about a new textbook rental program. The article warns of a clause in the textbook rental fine print that restricts users renting through Amazon’s Warehouse Deals, Inc, from moving the textbook out of the state [...]

FBI Can Activate Android Microphones, Record Secretly

By Stanley Goodner
August 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s no big secret that the U.S. government can use some extreme methods in order to maintain justice and security for the nation by gathering information on suspects. Even before Snowden leaked all the NSA data, most of us had a pretty decent idea that the U.S. government has always been keeping [...]

Apple to Allow Rival E-Book Retailers to Provide Direct Links to Content

By libertyc
August 2, 2013 // 5 Comments

I didn’t see this coming, although in hindsight, I should have. The DOJ and 33 state attorney generals just published their proposed remedies in the Apple price fixing case. Most of it was expected: ending existing contracts with retailers and appointing an external monitor to ensure they [...]

Penguin Cries Uncle for the EU

By libertyc
July 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Fresh from covering itself with ignominy through Author Solutions, Penguin has promised it will play nice in Europe over pricing, with an offer to the European Union to end the price-fixing practices highlighted by the recent Apple anti-trust case in the US, which the European Commission deemed [...]

BREAKING: Online Pornography To Be Blocked In All UK Households

By libertyc
July 22, 2013 // 12 Comments

The BBC is reporting that prime minister David Cameron is introducing new measures that will block all ‘online pornography’ from UK households. The block will initiate at the level of the Internet service provider (ISP), and will be a default setting unless customers specifically opt [...]

G20 Tax Reform Plans May Close Amazon Loophole

By libertyc
July 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

The variable tax geometry that has generated so many headlines, consumer complaints and politicians’ soundbites across Europe lately about Amazon could potentially be cut back soon, as the G20 nations line up behind an Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) plan that [...]

Judge Cote: Apple Did Conspire to Raise E-Book Prices

By libertyc
July 10, 2013 // 3 Comments

Judge Denise Cote has ruled on the Apple e-book case. And the verdict? “The plaintiffs have shown that the publisher defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise e-book prices, and that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing [...]

Judge Cote finds Apple guilty of colluding with publishers

By libertyc
July 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Well, that was sudden. Just a couple of weeks into the expected couple of months a ruling might take, Judge Denise Cote has issued a 160-page ruling (PDF) finding Apple guilty of violating anti-trust laws in colluding with publishers to raise e-book prices. A sentencing hearing will be held later. [...]

Google Books appeals court ruling denies Authors Guild class action status, demands ruling on fair use

By libertyc
July 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Hey, remember the big e-book trial? No, not that one, the other one. The latest news to come out of the courts about the big Authors Guild vs Google case is that the Second Court of Appeals has sided with Google in putting a hold on Judge Chin’s decision that the Authors Guild could have [...]

Former unpaid interns sue Gawker for back wages

By libertyc
June 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Unpaid interns are one of the forces that make the Internet go ‘round, but that may soon change. Just a few days after a ruling in a Fox Searchlight movie studios case, in which unpaid interns were used as menial gofers, three former unpaid interns have filed suit against media blog Gawker, [...]

DOJ Wraps Up Case Against Apple

By libertyc
June 21, 2013 // 4 Comments

The Department of Justice has wrapped up its case against Apple, complete with a 119-count slide deck. If you’re into that sort of thing, it’s worth a look. By the way, although All Things D had the final Apple slide deck as well, it appears to be gone now. If someone can point me to [...]

Apple Claims 20 Percent of E-Book Market Share

By libertyc
June 12, 2013 // 6 Comments

MacRumors is quoting a Publishers Weekly article wrap-up of today’s Apple trial, and the surprising bit is the 20 percent claim. Here’s the quote: The government also focused on the relative success of the iBookstore asking Moerer what marketshare the store held in the months after [...]

Court upholds rights for inmates to read werewolf erotica in prison

By libertyc
June 12, 2013 // 2 Comments

Sometimes you just have to laugh, and this story had me in stitches. Apparently, it’s not OK for prisons to disallow the reading of werewolf erotic fiction, according to this story by Melville House. This case has been working its way through the California court system for more than two [...]

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