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First off today, Katie Mansfield at The Bookseller reports that ebook distributor Audible is hoping to bring an end to the lawsuit over its new Captions feature, not with a motion to dismiss, but with a claim that the lawsuit could soon be “moot.”
In August, Audible announced its new Captions feature, which would display the text of the book on the screen as it is being read. Major book publishers, through the Association of American Publishers, filed a lawsuit against Audible claiming that such a feature was beyond the contract Audible had with them and would infringe their copyrights. The publishers sought an injunction to bar Audible from releasing the feature but Audible put it on hold for those books pending the outcome of the lawsuit.
Since then, Audible has sought a settlement conference, which was rejected by the judge, and filed a motion asking the court to dismiss the case on grounds it is a contract dispute, not a copyright one. However, now Audible has said it has offered a proposal that it
Next up today, the AFP reports that French media firms have said that they will take legal action against Google, including taking the matter before the country’s competition regulator, after Google announced it will not be paying newspapers and publishers for printing snippets and thumbnails from their articles.
The battle is over the recent new EU copyright directive, which France became the first country to ratify back in July. Part of the directive requires search engines to pay for the use of article snippets and thumbnails. However, Google announced that it wouldn’t be and that publishers would either grant free permission or have their listings stripped down to just a headline and a link.
Calling this an “Act of force” from Google, publishers are arguing that this is Google’s attempt to circumvent the new law and avoid paying their fair share to journalists. Google, however, says that publishers get to choose how their content is displayed on Google and emphasized that the change would only impact how the results are displayed, not what sites are included nor how they are ranked.
Finally today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that more pirate content delivery networks (CDNs) have gone down in the wake of recent legal action by rightsholders. However, experts say that, though it will have a major impact on piracy in
Recently, it was revealed that the pirate CDN Moonwalk was shuttered with promises to never reopen. The service offered tens of thousands of movies and TV shows for illegal streaming. The shutdown was executed by the
However, the impact of that shutdown is going beyond just Moonwalk. Two similar CDNs, HDGO and Kodik have also shuttered. The services shared similar infrastructure to Moonwalk, indicating that BREIN targeted providers of the services. However, the cybersecurity group Group-IB, which announced the additional closures, has said that there are as many as ten other CDNs ready to fill the demand.
the first country to ratify back in July. Part of the directive requires search engines to pay