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Amazon Offers to Settle EU Probe Over E-Books Contracts

“Amazon.com Inc. is poised to settle a European Union probe into its e-book deals with publishers by changing controversial clauses, according to regulators. Amazon won’t enforce clauses that required publishers to offer it terms as good as or better than those they sign with other e-book distributors and will avoid them in future contracts, the European Commission said in a e-mailed statement that outlined details of the company’s offer to settle the investigation. The pledge would last five years and would allow publishers end contracts that link e-book discounts on Amazon to e-book prices on other online stores.” (via Bloomberg)

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Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules

“European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without first gaining consent of the copyright holder, the highest European Union court ruled Thursday. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a case in which the Technical University of Darmstadt digitized a book published by German publishing house Eugen Ulmer in order to make it available at its electronic reading posts, but refused to license the publisher’s electronic textbooks.” (via PCWorld)

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EU antitrust watchdog raids e-book publishers

Reuters – “EU antitrust regulators investigating e-book publishers have raided several companies on suspicion of price-fixing, joining other watchdogs now looking into deals between publishers and retailers in the sector. The European Commission said on Wednesday it had raided companies in several member states, but did not identify the firms or countries targeted in Tuesday’s raids.”

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