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First off today, it is now showdown time in the Google Book Search case. Today is the day of the hearing on the amended settlement as Google, the Author’s Guild and publishers attempt to defend their agreement against objections from competitors, authors and the Department of Justice. If the court allows the settlement to go through, Google will be able to scan and sell copies of in-copyright but out of print works in exchange for sharing revenue with the authors and publishers. The hearing today is expected to be a heated one.
Next up today, J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series of books, has been added as a defendant to a lawsuit by the estate of Adrian Jacobs, which the suit says developed many of the ideas for the Harry Potter books before Rowling and, since the two authors shared the same agent, they believe there is proof of infringement. The estate had sued Rowling’s publisher previously but only recently added Rowling to the suit after changing their mind about their ability to do so.
Finally today, an update to the India copyright panel case. Bollywood star Aamir Khan, who had resigned from a government-selected panel to discuss reforms to the copyright act after a controversy between him a composer, has been asked to stay on the panel by both the composer involved and at least seven others on the ten-member panel. Khan has said he is considering it.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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