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Dutch libraries introduce new lending system for e-books Εκτύπωση E-mail

From today, members of Dutch libraries can lend and read 5000 e-books on their tablets, mobile phones, computers or e-readers. The e-books are secured in such a way that they become unreadable after 3 weeks. By Marjolein van der Heide, 21 January 2014.


A closer look at the Google Books Library Project decision Εκτύπωση E-mail

As was promptly announced by the IPKat, last Thursday Judge Denny Chin of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [yep, the same one who rejected the proposed settlement agreement in 2011, holding that it was too unbalanced in favour of Google] issued his much-awaited ruling in the Google Books Library Project saga, which started back in 2005. It was then that the Authors' Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) sued Google for copyright infringement over non-authorised scanning of quite a few books. IPKat, 17 November 2013.


IFLA Principles for Library eLending Εκτύπωση E-mail

Following the production of the IFLA Background Paper on eLending the IFLA Governing Board tasked the eLending Working Group with developing a set of principles that could guide library professionals as they grapple with the complicated process of negotiating eBook licenses with publishers and resellers. ifla.org, 14 November 2013.


European Parliament Members Explore Decriminalizing File-Sharing Εκτύπωση E-mail

Frustrated by the lack of copyright reform in Europe, several Members of European Parliament have started a coordinated platform to urge the European Commission to update its outdated policy. The MEPs are looking for a more flexible copyright system which benefits European citizens and businesses, including the decriminalization of file-sharing for personal use. The first steps towards these goals are to be made during an event in Brussels on Tuesday.Infojustice Roundup - November 11, 2013.


The real villain in the ebooks case isn’t Apple or Amazon — it’s publishers’ addiction to DRM Εκτύπωση E-mail

The major publishers say they needed to cut an ebook deal with Apple in order to blunt the force of Amazon’s monopoly — but they themselves helped construct that monopoly by insisting on platform-specific DRM. By Mathew Ingram, July 10, 2013.


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