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ASA National Writers’ Congress details announced 

5 June 2013

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has released details about its inaugural National Writers’ Congress, Authorship 20/20, which will celebrate the association’s 50th anniversary in Sydney from 17-19 October. Guest speakers for the congress include...

Harper Lee sues literary agent 

7 May 2013

In the US, author Harper Lee is suing her former literary agent, reports the Guardian. The 87-year-old author of Pulitzer prize-winning book To Kill a Mockingbird (various imprints), who normally avoids media...

German court rejects sale of secondhand ebooks 

23 April 2013

A German court has ruled that used ebooks cannot be resold by owners, reports Publishers Weekly. In its decision the German District Court of Bielefeld ruled that ‘unlike physical works,...

US court rejects sale of second-hand digital goods 

3 April 2013

In the US, a district court has rejected the expansion of the first sale doctrine to cover digital files in the case of Capitol Records vs ReDigi, reports Publishers Weekly. In the case, the...

International Library News 

2 April 2013

Penguin eases library ebook lending restrictions In the US, Penguin has announced that it will now make all of its frontlist ebook titles available for library lending at the same...

HathiTrust case dismissed; Judge rules ‘fair use’ 

17 October 2012

In the US, federal judge Harold Baer has dismissed the Authors Guild lawsuit against digital repository HathiTrust, ruling that HathiTrust’s book scanning project falls within ‘fair use’ exemptions of copyright...

Google, US publishers settle book scanning case

5 October 2012

After almost seven years of litigation, Google and the Association of American Publishers (AAP), representing five US publisher plaintiffs, have reached a settlement in the litigation over Google’s book scanning...

Copyright in Australia: Where to from here? 

1 October 2012

Two reports relating to the Australian copyright industries were released in August. One looks at the recent past: the economic contributions of our country’s copyright industries between 1996 and 2011....