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Google Gives Up Fair-Use Defense, Settles Book-Scanning Lawsuit With Publishers

October 5th, 2012 10:28 admin View Comments


thomst writes “David Kravets of Wired’s Threat Level blog reports that McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education, Penguin Group, John Wiley & Sons and Simon & Shuster have struck a deal to end those companies’ lawsuit against Google for copyright infringement over its Google Books search service. Kravets reports that Andi Sporkin, a spokesperson for the publishers, has said they’ve ‘agreed to disagree’ on Google’s assertion that its scanning of books in university libraries (and making up to 20% of the scanned content available in search results) was protected by the fair use defense against copyright infringement. The terms of the deal are secret, but the result is that the companies in question have dropped their lawsuit against Google. However, the Authors Guild lawsuit against Google on the same grounds is still stuck in the appeals process, after U.S. District Judge Denny Chin rejected a proposed settlement of the suit in 2011, on the grounds that its treatment of so-called ‘orphaned works’ amounted to making new copyright law — a power he insisted only Congress could exercise.”

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Judge Approves Settlement In eBook Price-Fixing Case

September 7th, 2012 09:13 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “On Thursday a U.S. District Judge approved a settlement between the Department of Justice and three publishers accused to colluding to inflate ebook prices (order). ‘The Justice Department had accused Apple and five publishers in April of illegally colluding on prices as part of an effort to fight internet retailer Inc’s dominance of e-books. The publishers who agreed to settle are News Corp’s HarperCollins Publishers Inc, CBS Corp’s Simon & Schuster Inc and Lagardere SCA’s Hachette Book Group. Apple; Macmillan, a unit of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH; and Pearson Plc’s Penguin Group have vowed to fight the Justice Department’s lawsuit with a trial due to start on June 3 next year.’ The decision came after a lengthy period of public comment. According to the AP, ‘The ruling released Thursday cast aside the strident objections of Apple, other book publishers, book sellers and authors who argued the settlement will empower Internet retailing giant Inc. to destroy the “literary ecosystem” with rampant discounting that most competitors can’t afford to match. Those worries were repeatedly raised in court filings about the settlement. More than 90 percent of the 868 public comments about the settlement opposed the agreement.’”

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NASA Boss Accused of Breaking Arms Trade Laws

May 3rd, 2012 05:46 admin View Comments


ananyo writes “The head of NASA Ames Research Center may have fallen victim to restrictive arms regulations — just as a US government report recommends changing them to help the space industry. Simon ‘Pete’ Worden, who recently announced that Mars exploration would be done by private companies, has been accused of giving foreign citizens access to information that falls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). ITAR has hampered U.S. firms seeking to export satellite technology. The allegations against Worden come just as the new report recommends moving oversight of many commercial satellites and related activities from the State department to the Commerce department, and some fear they could provide lawmakers with reasons to not ease export controls.”

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DoJ Files Suit Against Apple, Ebook Publishers

April 11th, 2012 04:00 admin View Comments


forkfail writes “The Department of Justice has filed suit against Apple and a number of book publishers, including Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster, claiming that they worked in collusion to artificially rig prices on eBooks.”

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Judge Rules Pi-Based Music Is Non-Copyrightable

March 22nd, 2012 03:27 admin View Comments


New submitter AnalogDiehard writes “A copyright case alleging infringement of a 1992 Lars Erickson song ‘The Pi Symphony’ by Michael John Blake’s ‘What Pi Sounds Like’ was dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon. Both pieces were conceived by assigning numbers to musical notes, then deriving a melody based on the pattern defined by a finite set of numbers in Pi. Judge Simon wrote in his legal opinion, intentionally announced on Pi day (3/14), that ‘Pi is a non-copyrightable fact.’ While the Judge did not invalidate the Erickson copyright, he ruled that ‘Mr. Erickson may not use his copyright to stop others from employing this particular pattern of musical notes.’ The judge further ruled that the two pieces were not sufficiently similar — for instance, its harmonies, structure and cadence are all different.”

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Publishers Warned On Ebook Prices

March 8th, 2012 03:52 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “The DoJ says Simon and Schuster, Hachette, Penguin, Macmillan and HarperCollins conspired to raise the prices of ebooks. The report originates from the WSJ, but the BBC adds comments from an analyst bizarrely claiming increased prices are somehow a good thing and thinking otherwise is the result of ‘confusion’. I’d like to see an explanation of why the wholesale model, while continuing to work fine (presumably) for physical books, somehow didn’t work for ebooks and why the agency model is better despite increasing costs for consumers.”

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Predicting Life 100 Years From Now

January 16th, 2012 01:24 admin View Comments


New submitter Simon321 writes “BBC News has an interesting article about the top predictions for life 100 years from now. The highlights include extensive farming of the ocean, wiring all sorts of computers to our brains, space elevators, and the break-up of the United States. ‘There are some indications already that California wants to split off and such pressures tend to build over time. It is hard to see this waiting until the end of the century. Maybe an East Coast cluster will want to break off too. Pressures come from the enormous differences in wealth generation capability, and people not wanting to fund others if they can avoid it.’”

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Genome of Controversial Arsenic Bacterium Sequenced

December 8th, 2011 12:57 admin View Comments


Med-trump writes “One year ago a media controversy was ignited when Felisa Wolfe-Simon and her colleagues held a press conference to announce the discovery of a bacterium that not only survived high levels of arsenic in its environment but also seemed to use that element in its DNA. Last week, the genome of the bacterium, known as GFAJ-1, which gets its name from the acronym for ‘Give Felisa a Job.’ (No joke!), was posted in Genbank, the public repository of DNA sequences for all who care to take a look. But it doesn’t settle the debate over whether arsenic is used in DNA.”

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How a Computer Game Is Reinventing the Science of Expertise

December 2nd, 2011 12:56 admin View Comments

Real Time Strategy (Games)

An anonymous reader writes “Cognitive scientists at Simon Fraser University and UCSD are beginning to use StarCraft 2 replays to study the development of expertise and the cognitive mechanisms of multitasking. Unlike similar expertise studies in chess that consider roughly a dozen players, these studies include thousands of players of all skill levels — providing an unprecedented amount of data on how players move from ‘chumps to champions.’”

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There Is A 6-Story Windows Phone In Manhattan: Why That Matters

November 8th, 2011 11:20 admin View Comments

Windows_Phone_150x150.jpgIf you happen to be in Manhattan in the near future, head over to 34th Street Herald Square and take note of the giant Windows Phone that has taken up residence there. It is huge. It is also a perfect representative of what Microsoft is willing to do to push Windows Phone on the public.

There have been concerts, shows and even a marriage proposal in the six-story Windows Phone in the middle of Manhattan. It is gaudy Microsoft marketing at its best (anybody remember the ProjectNatal/Kinect announcement?) and will be one of the first signs of wave of marketing coming from both Microsoft and Nokia. How will much will this matter for Windows Phone going forward?

My God Simon, There Are Live Tiles Everywhere

We got a full preview of what Nokia is going to do with its Windows Phone marketing at Nokia World in London several weeks back. Nokia brought in designers to cook up color schemes that will appear to the young (green, pink, blue and black) as well as a guerilla-style marketing plan. That plan is intended to get people to take their phones out of their pockets and take a picture of some oddity, like a guy in a live tile running down the street. Think of the concept of Improv Anywhere or a flash mob singing Christmas carols, just with Microsoft marketing bent.


The spectacle is what this absurd Windows Phone is doing in downtown Manhattan. Tell me, really, are you going to walk by that monstrosity and not take a picture of it? It is all part of the climb back for Windows Phone to market relevance and it shows how important that is to Microsoft. This week marks the year anniversary of Windows Phone and if sales topped five million for the year, that would be a surprise.


“This is a long effort and will take time to unfold. What we saw in NY is the level of marketing and energy Microsoft is willing to put behind Windows Phone and the degree of investment and commitment already in the project,” said Al Hilwa, program director of application development software at IDC in Seattle.

Pictures: Windows Steam Blog

Winning At Mobile

Apple was the first salvo in the smartphone platform war. Windows Mobile CE was actually ahead of Apple and quite a bit before Android and CE still holds a disconcerting amount of market share for a series that was discontinued more than a year ago. There is too much potential in mobile for Microsoft to not push as hard as possible with Windows Phone and the company has the money to spend to not only market it, but build the platform around it. In that regard, Nokia is on board.

“The potential phone market is a much bigger market than the PC market as it might reach several billion annual devices sold in a few short years, but there is no doubt it is an application platform war and it is no accident that the iPhone is brought to us by the same vendor that gave us Macintosh,” said Hilwa.


The Nokia Lumia 800

We were the first to report that Nokia will be bringing a variety of Windows Phones to the U.S. with unique specifications across carriers. You thought that you saw a big wave of marketing for Android phones coming from each carrier? Wait until Nokia, Microsoft and all the operators are pushing Windows Phone in the U.S. next year.

What do you think? Is persistence, Windows Phones the size of small buildings and a fistful of dollars going to be enough to push Windows Phone to relevance? Let us know in the comments.

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