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Eight Years Later, the Google Books Fight Lumbers On

“Like a pair of boxers staggering from their corners for the ninth round, Google and the Authors Guild traded another round of briefs last week in their long-running, slow-moving Google Books fight. There is very little left to be said at this point in the case, and they said it at great length. The question is, why are they still fighting? For Google, the book scanning program has always been a corporate backwater, something put together in its 20% time. Despite grandiose claims about a new Library of Alexandria and the occasional cool toy for bibliophiles, it has never been a marquee project. Twenty million scans later, Google Books still doesn’t show up in the menu at the top of the Google homepage. YouTube it ain’t.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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New York Public Library Rethinks Design

“The New York Public Library, responding to outcry over its plans to demolish century-old book stacks, will this fall unveil a new design that preserves a significant portion of them, its president, Anthony Marx, said Tuesday. The library disclosed its plans in response to questions from The Wall Street Journal about alternatives it had considered to the $300 million renovation, which has sparked two lawsuits brought by scholars and preservationists, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, aiming to block the stacks’ destruction.” (via WSJ.com)

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A Year Later, Opposition Briefs Filed in Authors Guild vs. Google

“After a delay of more than a year, the long-running Authors Guild vs. Google case is heating up again with opposition to Summary Judgment briefs filed this week in the long-running case. In its filing, Authors Guild attorneys argue that Google’s fair use analysis fails, and that its library scanning project subverts the interests of copyright holders in what it describes as a blatantly commercial attempt to “gain a competitive advantage over other search engines and to generate even greater advertising revenues.” Google counters that its scan plan is protected by fair use, and argues that the Authors Guild is wrong on both sides of the fair use question—that the AG’s suit ignores the public benefits of the program—which are real, and valuable—and that there is no evidence of any harm to copyright holders.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Library Fires Back at Historians Suing to Block Renovation

“The New York Public Library fired back at a group of scholars and writers suing to stop its planned renovation, arguing in a court filing Friday that the historians have their history wrong. The library is facing two separate lawsuits aiming to stop it from dismantling the 102-year-old book stacks in its landmark Fifth Avenue building in a $300 million renovation.” (via WSJ)

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Publishers tell court that Apple’s punishment in e-book case is unfair

“On Wednesday afternoon, five US publishing companies told the District Court for the Southern District of New York that they objected to a recent proposal made by the Department of Justice (DoJ) to punish Apple for allegedly fixing prices on e-books. Apple was found guilty in July of conspiring to raise e-book prices, although the company says it will appeal the decision. The five publishers—HarperCollins, Lagardere, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and Macmillan—were all defendants along with Apple in the price-fixing case, but all five agreed to settlement terms, which included collectively paying back $164 million to consumers who were overcharged.” (via Ars Technica)

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Authors Guild Warns Of ‘Dark Underbelly Of Mass Digitization’

“The Authors Guild, which is battling the book storage project HathiTrust in court, now says that digitization of books in and of itself can pose a risk to authors, given how easily digital books can be transferred. Only Congress is equipped to strike the right balance between the promise and dark underbelly of mass digitization, the organization says in papers made public last week.” (via MediaPost)

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In ongoing legal feud, Raritan library employees sue borough over salary increases

“At first glance, there may not appear to be much controversy about the decision: municipal officials approving a resolution setting salaries for the town’s library employees. But the town is Raritan Borough, and the resolution approved last week comes amid an ongoing legal feud between borough leaders and the library staff.” (via NJ.com)

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Lawsuit Filed to Stop New York Public Library Renovation

“A group of scholars and preservationists including a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian have filed a lawsuit to prevent the removal of century-old book stacks from the New York Public Library’s landmark building on Fifth Avenue as part of a planned $300 million renovation. The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Wednesday, seeks a court injunction to stop the library from proceeding with preparatory or demolition work, and to bar city officials from providing funding for the renovation.” (via Lawsuit Filed to Stop New York Public Library Renovation)

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Russia Sues US Library of Congress Over Jewish Texts

“The Russian Culture Ministry on Monday filed a lawsuit against the US Library of Congress over seven books belonging to the so-called Schneerson Library, a group of Jewish texts that are the subject of a long-running ownership battle between Russia and the United States. “These books were kept in the Russian State Library and, through an inter-library exchange system, were given temporarily to the US Library of Congress,” a Culture Ministry spokesman told RIA Novosti on Monday. “But time’s up. … We have waited for all the normal deadlines and now we’re going through the courts.” (via RIA Novosti)

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U.S. court throws out Google digital books class status

“A federal appeals court on Monday said a lawsuit against Google Inc’s effort to create the world’s largest digital books library should not have been allowed to proceed as a class action. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said Circuit Judge Denny Chin erred in prematurely certifying a class of potentially hundreds of thousands of authors, saying he should have first determined the merits of Google’s “fair use” defense.”(via Reuters)

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