Pallante Appointed Permanent Head of Copyright Office
Copyright, Intellectual Property, People
June 1st, 2011
WASHINGTON, June 1, 2011 – Librarian of Congress James Billington made permanent the appointment of Maria Pallante to the top post at the U.S. Copyright Office, where she has served as Acting Register of Copyrights since the beginning of the year.
Pallante’s appointment secures her spot as the successor of Marybeth Peters, who retired from the Copyright Office at the end of 2010 after 16 years of service.
New York Judge Rejects Google Books Settlement
March 22nd, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2011 — A federal judge in New York City has rejected the expansive amended settlement agreement between Google, U.S. authors and publishers more than a year after the court heard from a wide variety of interested parties in hearings on the fairness of the settlement of a class action lawsuit.
Senate Judiciary Committee Addresses COICA Criticisms
Copyright, Intellectual Property
February 17th, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 17, 2011 – The Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing Wednesday to address potential criticisms of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Acts (COICA), which would target websites dedicated to stealing American intellectual property.
Google Book Search Settlement Agreement Is Fair, Argue Author and Publisher Groups
Copyright, Intellectual Property, International
May 10th, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, May 10, 2010 – Contrary to many authors’ deep-seated worries, the Google book search settlement puts them in complete control of the fate of their work online, argues a lawyer for the Association of American Publishers.
After Criticism, Google Modifies Book Settlement Deal
November 14th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 14, 2009 – Google and related parties have reached a revised settlement agreement concerning Google’s project to make library books available online.
“We’re disappointed that we won’t be able to provide access to as many books from as many countries through the settlement as a result of our modifications, but we look forward to continuing to work with rightsholders from around the world to fulfill our longstanding mission of increasing access to all the world’s books,” wrote Google Books Engineering Director Dan Clancy in a blog entry posted Friday at 11:54 p.m. Eastern time.