Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Chris Anderson Apologizes For Plagiarizing Wikipedia

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 06/25/2009 - 01:10

Chris Anderson, the editor of Wired magazine, copied portions of his forthcoming book, “Free: The Future of a Radical Price” from Wikipedia, without attribution. The passages were discovered by a reviewer for the Virginia Quarterly Review, who was reading an advance galley of the book, which is being published by Hyperion Books early next month.

Full article here.

Kindle DRM Bites Users

Submitted by Great Western Dragon on Mon, 06/22/2009 - 09:37

Hypothetical situation.

You have a Kindle and you buy an e-book. How many times can you download that e-book? In other words can you download it to your Kindle once, but if you replace your Kindle can you download it again?

You don't know?

Well, turns out, Amazon doesn't either. And since the number of times that you can download varies from publisher to publisher and book to book, well, you can start to see the problem.

More from Gizmodo.

Author Responds to Salinger Lawsuit

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 11:06

The New York Times has an update on the legal battle between 90-year old author J. D. Salinger and Swedish writer Frederik Colting (pictured below), author of “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye.” Colting claims that his novel is not a sequel to “Catcher in the Rye,” but rather “a complex and undeniably transformative exposition about one of our nation’s most famous authors, J.D.

Harry Potter Publisher Bloomsbury Denies Plagiarism Claim

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 06/15/2009 - 16:14

The worm has turned for author J. K. Rowling. Now she's been accused of plagiarism.

"The allegations of plagiarism made today, Monday 15 June 2009, by the Estate of Adrian Jacobs are unfounded, unsubstantiated and untrue," said a statement from Bloomsbury, which publishes Harry Potter in Britain.

"This claim is without merit and will be defended vigorously."

In an earlier statement, Jacobs' estate said that it had issued proceedings at London's High Court against Bloomsbury Publishing Plc for copyright infringement.

Have You Looked At The ROARMAP?

Submitted by StephenK on Thu, 06/04/2009 - 14:17

ROARMAP is the Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies. A note out on SERIALST this morning mentioned that sometimes Open Access policies are adopted by institutions but not made known. Librarians and others concerned by this can log policies of their institutions with ROARMAP so that a broader picture of prevailing policies can be painted.

A Book Author Wonders How to Fight Piracy

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 05/14/2009 - 14:12

The specter of piracy of my books materialized for me several weeks ago when I typed the four words “wayner data compression textbook” into Google. Five of the top ten links pointed to sites distributing pirated copies. (And now, it’s six.)

To add insult to injury, the top ten doesn’t include any page that actually sells my book, although they do point to several pages at Amazon and other sites that sell newer books by other authors. Other search strings do a better job and find the textbook’s page at Amazon.com.

Bootlegging Dickens: Author Looks At 'Bookaneers'

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Wed, 05/13/2009 - 10:34

Hollywood is constantly battling overseas bootleggers. But in the 19th century, publishers in the United States made a fortune bootlegging British authors — even the biggest, like Charles Dickens. That's the backdrop of Matthew Pearl's latest work of historical fiction, The Last Dickens. Pearl talks to Guy Raz about "bookaneers" and the perils of early author tours across America.

Story on "All Things Considered"

Print Books Are Target of Pirates on the Web

Submitted by Pete on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 09:42

This New York Times story covers the latest dust ups between authors and their work showing up on the Web.

"Ursula K. Le Guin, the science fiction writer, was perusing the Web site Scribd last month when she came across digital copies of some books that seemed quite familiar to her. No wonder. She wrote them, including a free-for-the-taking copy of one of her most enduring novels, “The Left Hand of Darkness.”"