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Ohio Supreme Court passes on library hair-pulling case

The Ohio Supreme Court has granted Telling Mansion activist Fran Mentch a final victory in her 22-month hair-pulling case with the city of Parma. Mentch served a 30-day jail sentence in March last year for pulling Cuyahoga County Public Library Executive Director Sari Feldman’s hair at a September 2013 library board meeting in Parma. Her conviction was later overturned in the Eighth District Court of Appeals. Parma prosecutors asked the Ohio Supreme Court to reverse the appeal in February, but Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor last week said the court will not hear the case because it was not a felony and did not involve a “substantial Constitutional question or great general or public interest.” (via Cleveland.com)

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Former Alamo custodians sue for artifacts in collection

“A group that served as guardians of the Alamo for more than a century before the state of Texas announced it was taking over day-to-day management of the historic site is suing for control of more than 30,000 books and artifacts at its library. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas filed suit Monday against the Texas General Land Office, alleging the agency “unilaterally declared” the state owner of the organization’s private library collection after Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced that he was ending the group’s management of the downtown San Antonio mission-turned-fortress.” (via AP)

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Appeals court: Ky. library tax is legal

“Libraries in Kentucky might not have to close after all. The Kentucky Court of Appeals in a 3-0 decision reversed two circuit court decisions in Kenton and Campbell counties that declared that libraries in those counties had improperly raised taxes for decades, according to a statement from the Kenton County Libraries.” (via cincinnati.com)

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Wikipedia to file lawsuit challenging mass surveillance by NSA

“Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that runs free online encyclopedia Wikipedia, will file a lawsuit against the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice, challenging the government’s mass surveillance program. The lawsuit, to be filed on Tuesday, alleges that the NSA’s mass surveillance of Internet traffic in the United States — often called Upstream surveillance — violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, which protects freedom of speech and association, and the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure.” (via Reuters)

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Legislation filed to help libraries in lawsuit

“With the future of many libraries in Northern Kentucky in the hands of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, a bill introduced by a Kentucky lawmaker would address the issue at the heart of the controversial lawsuits challenging library taxes. House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, introduced the bill that would allow library boards to raise property taxes just like any other taxing district and would declare valid all property tax rates passed since 1979. Libraries across the state await the appeals court’s decision on two rulings by circuit court judges in Campbell and Kenton counties that found libraries formed by petitions have improperly raised property taxes for more than 30 years.” (via cincinnati.com)

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Librarian Says Academic Press Has Settled Lingering Lawsuit Against Him

“The Edwin Mellen Press’s lawsuit against a blogger who criticized it appears to have come to an end. The case started in 2012, when Herbert Richardson, the press’s founder, sued Dale Askey, a librarian at McMaster University, in Ontario, for more than $1-million over his assertions in a blog post two years earlier. Mr. Askey had called the press “a dubious publisher” and some of its books “second-class scholarship.” Many in academe viewed the lawsuit as a bullying tactic and a violation of academic freedom.” (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Kentucky appeals court considers cases that threaten funding for dozens of libraries

“Most of the state’s public library systems could be forced to roll back their tax rates and collectively refund millions of dollars to local taxpayers under a pair of lawsuits heard Monday by the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The suits, filed by taxpayers in Kenton and Campbell counties, argue that many library districts have improperly raised taxes for decades without the 51 percent voter approval required by a previously obscure 1964 state law.” (via Kentucky.com)

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Google should pay authors for scanned books, U.S. appeals court told

“Google Inc’s massive effort to scan millions of books for a digital library violates copyright law, illegally depriving authors of licensing fees, royalties and sales, a lawyer for a group of authors told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday. Paul Smith, who represents the Authors Guild and several individual writers, told a three-judge panel at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that the Google Books project was a “quintessentially commercial” infringement designed to protect the company’s “crown jewel” search engine.” (via Reuters)

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Apple Settles E-Books Pricing Case With States, Consumers

“Apple Inc. reached a settlement with U.S. states and consumers seeking damages over the company’s fixing of electronic book prices, avoiding a trial in which it faced as much as $840 million in claims. The trial set for July involved cases related to a ruling last year that company had orchestrated an illegal scheme with publishers to raise e-book prices.

A federal judge in Manhattan today ordered Apple and its adversaries to submit a filing seeking approval of their accord within one month. Details of the agreement weren’t disclosed.” (via Bloomberg)

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“The creation of a full-text searchable database of millions of books is a fair use of copyrighted works, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, saying it also is permissible to distribute the books in alternative forms to people with disabilities. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision came in a lawsuit brought by authors and several authors’ groups after several research universities agreed in 2004 to let Google Inc. electronically scan their books and then created a repository for more than 10 million books published over many centuries and written in numerous languages.” (via The Associated Press)


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