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All Norwegian books to be digitized in Norway

All Norwegian books to be digitized in Norway

In the US, when Google began its plan to digitize a huge number of books with its massive scanning program, authors in the US filed suit and mired the program in legal proceedings for a long time. While book digitizing in the US in uncertain at this point, the country of Norway is set to digitize all the native language books there are, all of them.

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Google Books wins court case with “fair use”

Google Books wins court case with “fair use”

The lawsuit filed by the Authors' Guild directed towards Google and their project Google Books has ended with Google the victor. According to US District Judge Denny Chin, the plaintiffs' suggestions that Google Books would hurt the market for the original work did not add up against what the project is actually capable of doing. The case ended up centering around "snippets" of books and the idea that Google Books search abilities would or would not result in prospective consumers of these books downloading rather than purchasing books in the Google Books collection.

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Internet Archive materials and equipment destroyed in fire

Internet Archive materials and equipment destroyed in fire

Nothing fills out a week full of things being on fire like the Internet Archive headquarters burning in a fire. The blaze, which took place earlier this week, was not catastrophic and no one was harmed, but the San Francisco nonprofit is asking for $600,000 in emergency donations from the public to pay for the hefty repairs and to help compensate for the loss of some physical archival material and equipment.

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Harry Potter spin-off films a go

Harry Potter spin-off films a go

Inspired by a textbook mentioned inside the Harry Potter novel series, "Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them" has been announced by author J.K.Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment to be appearing as a the first in a series of films coming soon (or soonish). This series of movies will begin by focusing on the adventures of the fictitious book's fictitious author: Newt Scamander, and will be neither a prequel nor a sequel to any of the Harry Potter books or movies.

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Amazon Jet City Comics debuts with George R.R. Martin on board

Amazon Jet City Comics debuts with George R.R. Martin on board

In an effort to dive deep into the comic and graphic novel market, Amazon Publishing has announced that it will be launching a new imprint called Jet City Comics, which will feature works from popular authors such as George R.R. Martin, Hugh Howey, and Neal Stephenson. Amazon plans to release a number of comics throughout the year, starting with the release of "Symposium #1" today.

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Court considers allowing class-action lawsuit against Google over book digitization

Court considers allowing class-action lawsuit against Google over book digitization

You may recall the backlash against Google over its book digitizing efforts, which many say is copyright infringement and it all eventually leading into a legal battle that has been ongoing for years. Back in 2011, for example, a District Court in NY rejected Google's settlement with the ASA and Author's Guild, and last summer Google moved to have the lawsuit dismissed. Now a court of appeals is considering whether a class-action lawsuit is warranted.

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