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High Court Last Hope for Copyright Lawsuit Over Google Book Scanning

“The long-running copyright dispute between the Authors Guild and Google could be reaching a final chapter in coming weeks as both sides wait to see if the Supreme Court takes up the case.The litigation over Google’s digital book library stretches back to 2005, when the nation’s largest professional organization for writers filed a federal lawsuit accusing Google of “massive copyright infringement.” (via WSJ)

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What the Google Books Victory Means for Readers

“A lawsuit can run on for so long that, even if major issues are still at stake, it can seem dated and even inconsequential by the time it’s resolved. Such is the case with Authors Guild v. Google, which likely came to a conclusion on Friday, more than 10 years after it began. The Second Circuit sided with Google, ruling that the company’s program to scan millions of books, including those still in copyright, was legal.” (via The Atlantic)

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Lawsuit: 250 Chicago-area schools, libraries to lose affordable Internet access

“More than 250 Chicago-area schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations will lose affordable Internet access in early November, according to a lawsuit filed this month against Sprint. Mobile Citizen and Mobile Beacon, national nonprofit organizations that sell $10-a-month broadband service to schools and nonprofit organizations, filed the suit in a Massachusetts state court on Oct. 14, less than a month before Sprint planned to shut down its WiMax network in favor of LTE.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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U.S. Judge Sanctions Russia Over Jewish Manuscript Dispute

“Over the objections of the Obama administration, a federal judge in Washington is trying to put more pressure on Russia to return a disputed collection of sacred Jewish books and manuscripts. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth has entered a judgment of $43.7 million against the Russia Federation for the country’s refusal to comply with his earlier order requiring the country to transfer thousands of Jewish books and manuscripts to an Hasidic sect based in New York.” (via WSJ)

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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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