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Educational Publishers file lawsuit against dozens of eBook sites using Google Ads to sell pirated content -

The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, asserts a claim for federal copyright infringement. The lawsuit against the pirate eBook sites states that the operators of these websites pay Google to place prominent ads in response to searches for the publishers'… Read More

SPARC urges Department of Justice to block Cengage, McGraw-Hill merger -

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has submitted a detailed filing to the U.S. Department of Justice urging federal antitrust enforcers to block the proposed merger between college textbook publishing giants Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education. The merger would create the… Read More

AAP files comments urging FTC to scrutinise dominant online platforms more closely -

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) —in connection with the Commission's hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century—urging the Commission to more closely scrutinise the behavior of dominant online platforms that… Read More

LIBER welcomes final compromise text for EU’s Directive on Copyright in Digital Single Market -

Negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council have agreed a final compromise text for the European Union's Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The proposed Directive, which has been nearly three years in the making, contains many positive developments for Europe's library, education and research community.… Read More

IFLA joins call for deletion of articles 11 and 13 in the EU copyright reform -

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), along with 89 organisations, defenders of freedom of expression and freedom of access to information, has co-signed a letter asking for the deletion of controversial articles in the proposed European copyright directive. IFLA had already openly underlined the… Read More

Appeals Court reverses district court’s fair use decision in Cambridge University Press v. J.L. Albert -

In an opinion released October 19, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit unanimously reversed the district court's fair use decision in Cambridge University Press v. J.L. Albert and agrees with publishers reversing the GSU litigation involving the unauthorized use of numerous copyrighted… Read More

Coalition of library and research community representatives submit proposed amendments to PSI directive -

A coalition of library and research community representatives, comprising EBLIDA, DCC, IFLA and SPARC Europe, recently submitted their position and proposed amendments to the Directive 2003/98/EC on the reuse of public sector information. The two documents were shared with EU rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs with the… Read More

Elsevier and American Chemical Society file second lawsuit against ResearchGate for copyright infringement -

Elsevier and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have filed a second lawsuit against ResearchGate, alleging mass copyright infringement. Last year, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, a group representing more than 140 publishers, wrote to ResearchGate, a popular… Read More

LIBER welcomes library compromises, but TDM exception needs to go further -

The Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) has consistently fought for copyright reforms which support research and innovation in Europe. The report adopted by European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) on proposed changes to the Commission's Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive includes draft… Read More

LIBER joins call for improved Text and Data Mining Exception -

Twenty eight organisations, including LIBER, have signed a letter calling for an improved Text and Data Mining Exception which will support research and innovation in Europe. The letter was sent to the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI). The signatories… Read More


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