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Yesterday, Judge Baer ruled in favor of the Hathi Trust, finding that as a matter of law, defendants’ actions were all considered fair use. Judge Baer is a federal judge with the Southern District of NY where the Google Book search is set. They are not exactly comparable as Google is a commercial entity and the Hathi Trust is a consortium of higher education and some of the pro Hathi Trust findings are based on a specific educational exception to the copyright law. HOWEVER, some of the findings are explicitly applicable to the Google Books case and suggests that the court (same jurisdiction) would find in favor of fair use for Google. Copyright Librarian

Steinberger said the company has a small team of reviewers in place, each of whom are well versed in independent comics. The company plans on notifying creators about the status of their submissions soon after they’ve been reviewed. Eventually the company would like to provide some form of feedback for submissions that didn’t get approved for sale in the store, and what they might do differently in the future. I’m guessing this is closer to Apple’s App Store approval process and less like editorial oversight. VentureBeat


  1. Nadia Lee
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 07:10:31

    The advantage for readers is supposed to be the ability to integrate their ebooks with BookShout’s social reading capabilities — a goal that many startups have focused on, though it’s unclear that many readers actually desire these features.

    That’s just crazy. The advantage is for ME to be able to “social read”? For real?

    The app appeared to login to my Amazon account successfully, but then I got a message saying “No books could be found to import.” (There are over 70 books in my Kindle account, including many from the publishers that BookShout says it is working with.)

    The app was able to login to my Barnes & Noble account and showed the purchases I’ve made there, but because none of those purchases were titles from publishers working with BookShout, I couldn’t access them.

    I can’t believe that after giving the account info, the blogger couldn’t even get any books via BookShout. What’s the point of the app except to take your user ID & password?

  2. Lada
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 10:56:06

    Hey, McDonald’s…why don’t you run monthly “around-the-world” specials here? I seldom eat fast food but I’d stand in line to try that spicy paneer!

  3. Sunita
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 15:32:39

    @Lada: The spicy paneer is pretty good. It took McDonald’s years to enter the Indian market because it wasn’t willing to alter its recipes, and obviously it couldn’t use beef in hamburgers. Then, when it changed its worldwide approach, it came in with lambburgers instead of hamburgers and just went from there. There are a number of pretty good vegetarian options.

    McDonald’s in India and in other developing countries is a destination place to eat, more like a treat (especially given the prices compared to local street food) than a fast-food experience.

  4. Nancy
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 19:28:57

    As someone in the foreign policy field, Foreign Policy magazine is a well-respected magazine, although it frequently accompanies its more analytic articles with fun puff pieces like the McDonald’s piece. As for McDonald’s, I wish they would incorporate their international practices in their American chain. The food is usually better prepared and healthier abroad because McDonald’s must meet other countries’ food preparation requirements and cultural restrictions. If they can make their food with fewer calories and more vegetables, why oh why don’t they? Cheap production is no longer a valid excuse considering they do it in other countries and still make a hefty profit.

  5. Deb
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 07:34:08

    It’s funny: for all of the talk about how homogenizing McDonalds is, they’ve actually made a number of brilliant, local marketing moves. I agree- I’d love to see that ported to the US, and actually some of it has. McCafe was started in APAC- New Zealand?- and it’s been doing well here.

    Foreign Affairs is my periodical of choice. Sadly, no articles like this.

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