*+-The UK PA is ‘not taking lessons from any freedom foundation people who say publishers are locking stuff up in this digital age,’ says CEO Richard Mollet.
*+-In the UK, the Green Party has proposed reducing copyright to 14 years. It’s a move that devalues authorship even further, laments writer John Dougherty.
*+-Literary translator Anne Milano Appel recounts a copyright battle with a publisher, with attorney Erach Screwvala offering legal commentary on the dispute.
*+-At Addicting Info Nathaniel Downes makes the case that Fifty Shades of Grey is based on ‘a flagrant violation of copyright laws.’
*+-Two UK rights experts argue that physical book piracy is often due to lack of availability — so, the more content that can be licensed the better.
*+-Robert Levine, author of Free Ride, explores how copyright law is and is not serving authors and consumers in today’s Internet-dominated marketplace.
*+-Post-Taliban, a nascent publishing industry has emerged in Afghanistan, with hundreds of titles being published in Dari, Pashto, Uzbek and English.
*+-Richard Charkin, CEO of Bloomsbury and future president of the International publishers association, on copyright, authors and international rights.
*+-The U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld a decision that Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is now in the public domain.
*+-Vinutha Mallya recaps the highlights of GLOBALOCAL 2014, the ‘forum for content’ organized by the German Book Office, New Delhi and the Frankfurt Book Fair.