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Queens Library CEO May Proceed With Challenge to Firing

“The Queens Library’s former CEO and president, fired amid an investigation revealing that he and other officials spent $300,000 in library funds on rock concerts, alcohol and other prohibited expenses, may proceed with his lawsuit against the library, a federal judge has ruled.The library’s board of trustees fired Thomas Galante in December 2014 after months of media reports scrutinizing his pay and expenditures. Galante was fired for cause, depriving him of a $2 million severance package.” (via New York Law Journal)

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Author Drops E-book Royalty Suit Against S&S; Is Wiley Next?

“A lawsuit filed in May accusing Simon & Schuster of cheating authors on e-book royalties has been dropped, but the legal action may not be over.In a short notice filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, attorneys for Sheldon Blau, author of the 1997 book How to Get Out of the Hospital Alive, officially discontinued the action, which had accused S&S of incorrectly treating e-book transactions as sales rather than licenses.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Israeli court decides Kafka works to go to National Library

“Israel’s Supreme Court has stripped an Israeli family of a collection of Franz Kafka manuscripts, ruling that they be transferred to the country’s National Library.The National Library says in an announcement on Tuesday that the court ruled it was “the preferred location” for the trove of unpublished Kafka works. The library says it will make the manuscripts accessible to the general public.” (via AP)

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EFF: Controversial copyright law unconstitutional

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the government to remove a controversial clause in a long-controversial copyright law.The digital liberties organization is suing to remove “anti-circumvention” restrictions from Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), long a thorn in civil libertarians’ craw.The DMCA was signed in 1998. Originally intended to protect the arts industries from online privacy, it included “anti-circumvention” provisions that prohibit breaking any digital safeguards that protected copyrights. For example, a user could no longer disable the copy protection on a video tape.” (via TheHill)

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Wikimedia Foundation intervenes in Canada to protect online free expression

“The Wikimedia Foundation has filed a motion to intervene in the upcoming Canadian Supreme Court case Equustek v. Google. The Foundation’s filing challenges overly broad global content removal orders that threaten online free expression and access to information. If the motion is granted, the Foundation will have eight weeks to submit a formal brief.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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