Germany Legislates Protection for “Content” Creators

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A new initiative backed by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels was announced earlier this month in Berlin, the goal of which is to provide stronger representation for the creative industries in politics and beyond. The Deutsche Content Allianz was outlined in a joint declaration to the public and calls for a fair business environment for these industries …

Han Han Wins: China’s Baidu Deletes 2.8 Million Works After Copyright Violation

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Following complaints by some 40 authors, including race car driving icon Han Han, Chinese search engine giant Baidu has deleted 2.8 million documents. According to several reports by AFP, the authors had signed a letter calling Baidu a “corrupt thief company” and complaining that their copyrighted works were being made available for free without their consent. According …

Who is the “Author” of This Book of Tweets?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

This article is part of a series on publishing in the Middle East which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. By Yasmina Jraissati On the eve of their fifth birthday, Twitter published some remarkable statistics: on average, per day users send 140 million tweets and 460,000 new accounts are opened. Without a doubt, we are living interesting times. The …

Does the Fast-Evolving E-book Device/Platform Landscape Ultimately Benefit DRM-Happy Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Have you been loyal to a single e-book device and platform or do you graze? I’ll admit, I’m neither device agnostic nor platform or retailer agnostic. I think of all the e-reading devices I own or have owned, including a Kindle (Gens 1 & 2), an iPad, a NookColor, a Franklin Reader, a Rocket E-book, and various smartphones, PCs …

EU Report Urges 7-Year Limit on Commercially Digitized Works

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Yesterday, the European Commission released a report which proposes a seven-year period of use on digitized, public domain works. This proposal seems aimed specifically at Google and its ongoing book scanning project. The New York Times reports: “During a period of preferential use, a public domain book, for instance, that was digitized by Google would be available …

Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Diplomats Pressured Spain to Adopt Harsh (and Unproven) Anti-Piracy Laws

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The Public Knowledge blog responds to Wikileaks’ revelations that had been reported by El País, namely that Spain’s proposed piracy law that drew such vehement protests a year ago (as we at PP reported here) was likely influenced by direct pressure from the U.S. government, then under the George W. Bush administration. Though this pressure had evidently been in place …