Maryland Lawyers Say E-book Law Is a Defense of Public Libraries

In a 25-page brief, Maryland lawyers contend that the AAP is seeking to find a copyright violation where none exists, and reiterated their contention that the state has both the authority and a compelling interest to protect public libraries from "unfair" market practices. Continue reading at 'Publishers Weekly'

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-02-03 05:00:00 UTC ]
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In Final Order, Court Declares Maryland's Library E-book Law Unconstitutional

The final order declares Maryland's groundbreaking, controversial library e-book law preempted by the Federal Copyright Act and blocks its enforcement, all but ending a months-long lawsuit filed by the Association of American Publishers. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-06-14 04:00:00 UTC ]
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Maryland Library E-book Law Faces Permanent Injunction

After declining to appeal a preliminary injunction issued last month, Maryland attorneys now have until April 11 to show why a permanent injunction should not be issued. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-03-30 04:00:00 UTC ]
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Court Blocks Maryland’s Library E-book Law

In ruling for the AAP, judge Deborah L. Boardman held that "striking the balance between the critical functions of libraries and the importance of preserving the exclusive rights of copyright holders" is "squarely in the province of Congress and not this Court or a state legislature." Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-02-16 05:00:00 UTC ]
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Challenge on Maryland library e-books law set for February

A law forcing publishers in the US and abroad to license e-books to the state's public libraries in the US state of Maryland is expected to come into effect as planned on 1st January 2022 after a court challenge was set for February. Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2021-12-22 09:32:19 UTC ]
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PA backs filing against Maryland law forcing publishers to license library e-books

The Publishers Association and the Federation of European Publishers have voiced their support for the Association of American Publishers’ challenge of an “unprecedented, unjustified” Maryland law which could force publishers both in the US and abroad to license e-books to the state's public... Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2021-12-20 16:08:03 UTC ]
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AAP Sues to Block Maryland, New York Library E-book Laws

The AAP filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to stop Maryland's library e-book law for taking effect January 1 and also disclosed that it was one of more than 20 organizations to sign a letter to New York governor Kathy Hochul urging her to veto a similar bill. Both pieces of legislation require... Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2021-12-09 05:00:00 UTC ]
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Maryland Library E-book Bill Becomes Law

The new law requires any publisher offering to license "an electronic literary product" to consumers to also offer to license the content to public libraries on "reasonable" terms. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2021-06-01 04:00:00 UTC ]
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The New York Public Library is giving 500,000 free books (for keeps!) to kids and families.

We’ve said it many, many times before and we’ll say it many, many times again: libraries represent the best of America. Today’s entry: the New York Public Library will give away 500,000 books this summer to help kids, teens, and families build their at-home libraries. In addition to English,... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

[ Literrary Hub | 2022-06-09 14:17:10 UTC ]
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Rhode Island Advances Its Library E-book Law

On May 18, the Rhode Island Senate's Committee on Education unanimously voted to advance the state's library e-book law out of committee and to the floor for a full vote. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-05-20 04:00:00 UTC ]
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The New York Public Library makes four banned books free nationwide on its e-reader app

The New York Public Library made four banned books available nationwide on SimplyE, its free-reader app. The titles include Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi and Catcher in the... Continue reading at Engadget

[ Engadget | 2022-04-13 23:48:05 UTC ]
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After Hearing, Maryland’s E-book Law Hangs in the Balance

After a nearly three-hour virtual hearing on February 7, federal judge Deborah L. Boardman is now set to rule on the Association of American Publishers’ December 16 bid to temporarily block Maryland from enforcing its recently enacted library e-book law. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-02-07 05:00:00 UTC ]
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New York's library e-book licensing bill vetoed as Maryland challenge looms

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has welcomed the decision by New York Governor Kathy Hochul to veto a bill that would have forced publishers and authors to grant e-book licences to libraries under state-imposed terms. Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2021-12-31 06:31:54 UTC ]
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Hearing Set in AAP Suit Over Maryland E-book Law as Clock Ticks on New York Bill

A federal judge won't hear the AAP's bid to stop Maryland's library e-book law until February, meaning the law will take effect on January 1. Meanwhile, New York Governor Kathy Hochul has until December 29 to sign New York's own library e-book law. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2021-12-21 05:00:00 UTC ]
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Define 'Reasonable': Can Maryland's New E-book Law Help Change the Marketplace?

Maryland's recently passed library e-book law will require any publisher offering to license "an electronic literary product" to consumers in the state to also offer to license the content to public libraries "on reasonable terms." The question now is: what are reasonable terms? Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2021-08-13 04:00:00 UTC ]
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Which international city’s public libraries lend the most books per capita?

The pandemic has prompted, among other things, a slew of relocations. Some of those relocations (ie. to your mom’s house) have proved, or will prove, temporary; others, encouraged by new work-from-home policies, may become permanent. Or maybe you’re one of those people who looked around at the... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

[ Literrary Hub | 2021-07-21 17:19:56 UTC ]
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Library E-book Bill Clears Maryland Legislature, Heading to Governor

After passing the Maryland General Assembly unanimously on March 10, the bill sailed through the final steps of reconciliation this week. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2021-04-02 04:00:00 UTC ]
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Maryland Legislature Passes Law Supporting Library Access to Digital Content

The Maryland legislature this week became the first to pass legislation that would ensure libraries can license digital content that is available to consumers. Similar legislation is pending in New York and Rhode Island. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2021-03-11 05:00:00 UTC ]
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2020 was a great year for at least one thing: digital book loans from public libraries.

If you, like me, could really use some nice library-oriented news right about now, you’re in luck. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the impossibility of going to physical libraries for much of the year, readers borrowed record numbers of ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines from public... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

[ Literrary Hub | 2021-01-07 15:34:02 UTC ]
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Amazon Publishing in Talks to Offer E-books to Public Libraries

The potential deal would be a breakthrough moment in the library e-book market as Amazon currently does not make its digital content available to libraries. It would also be a major coup for the Digital Public Library of America's upstart e-book platform and its SimplyE library reading app. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2020-12-04 05:00:00 UTC ]
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