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January 23, 2007 | From Reuters
A U.S. appeals court has rejected a bid by Internet activists to roll back federal laws that extended copyright protection over "orphan works," or books and other media that are no longer in print. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision to dismiss Kahle vs. Gonzales, which argued that legal changes made in the 1990s had vastly extended copyright protections at the expense of free speech rights.
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BUSINESS
September 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Time Inc. plans to prune its huge magazine portfolio by seeking buyers for 18 of its smaller titles, allowing it to concentrate on larger properties including Time, People and Sports Illustrated. The titles to be sold include Popular Science, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream and Yachting, the company said Tuesday. News of the planned sales was first reported by Advertising Age magazine. In a memo to Time Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2006 | Tanya Caldwell, Times Staff Writer
On his recent book tour, Robert Luedke skimmed four nearly empty rows of folding chairs at a Borders bookstore, hoping someone in the audience -- an audience of three -- would have a question. Or maybe, against the odds, someone would ask him to sign a poster touting his works. No one did. One listener had grabbed a seat in the back row to read Vogue magazine. Eventually, the man spoke up. "I have no idea who you are," he said. "Nobody knows who I am," said Luedke, half-joking, half sighing.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2006 | From Reuters
Random House Inc. has acquired the evangelical Christian book-publishing house Multnomah Publishers, a move that reaffirms the growing mainstream popularity of religious books. "There is an enormous market and it is a growth market," Random House spokesman Stuart Applebaum said. "We believe that it is a timeless interest." Oregon-based Multnomah is Random House's second Christian imprint. The first, WaterBrook Press, was created in 1996.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2006 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
As Tribune Co. reported Thursday a 62% profit drop and accelerating circulation declines, the owner of the Los Angeles Times and KTLA-TV Channel 5 struck a conciliatory posture in its battle with California's Chandler family. "We will look forward to moving constructively with the Chandlers," Tribune Chief Executive Dennis FitzSimons told analysts during a conference call. "They are important shareholders."
BUSINESS
June 8, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Google Inc. is being sued by French publisher La Martiniere for indexing some of the company's titles on the Google Book Search website without permission. La Martiniere, which controls Harry N. Abrams Inc. in the U.S., is fighting Google's program to scan the content of books and let users search them. "We disagree with their case, which we will contest in court," Google said. "Google Book Search helps users find and buy books -- not read or download them for free."
NEWS
May 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Publishing giant Random House is planning a tenfold increase in the amount of recycled paper it uses in books printed in the United States. The company announced Tuesday that by 2010, about 30% of the uncoated paper used in most of its U.S. titles will be made from recycled fibers, up from less than 3% now. Random House Inc. called the change "the most substantial environmental initiative in the company's history" and said it would save the equivalent of 550,000 trees per year.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Faced with years of slow and even declining sales, the publishing industry has finally responded in kind. For the first time since 1999, the number of new books is going down. "In 2005, publishers were more cautious and disciplined when it came to their lists," Gary Aiello, chief operating officer of Bowker, which compiles publishing statistics, said Tuesday in a statement. "We see that trend continuing in 2006.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2006 | Suzanne Muchnic
"Visual Music: Synaesthesia in Art and Music Since 1900," the catalog for the Museum of Contemporary Art's recent exhibition by the same name, has won a George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award. The annual award, established in honor of the late New York art book dealer and publisher to recognize excellence in art publishing, was presented Sunday at a conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America in Banff, Canada.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2006 | TIM RUTTEN
PARENTS are worried; pundits are alarmed; publishers -- on their good days -- are anxious and on the others, hysterical. The cause of their apprehension is the same: A declining number of American young people read books for pleasure, or at all. Cut through the pro forma moralizing, discount for schadenfreude, and the literary scandal du jour suggests something important about why fewer and fewer kids curl up with a good book.
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