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Google Wins 8-Year Book-Scanning Battle (GalleyCat)
Google has won its controversial book scanning fight with the Author’s Guild. U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin ruled in favor of Google on Thursday claiming that Google’s massive book scanning project, in which the online giant scanned millions of books and made them available through search without obtaining the permission of the copyright holders, to be legal. According to Chin’s ruling, Google’s project makes life easier for research, makes it easier for libraries to obtain digital copies of books, brings old books to light and gives people who would not have access to books access. GigaOM Chin also rejected the theory that Google was depriving authors of income, noting that the company does not sell the scans or make whole copies of books available. He concluded, instead, that Google Books served to help readers discover new books and amounted to “new income from authors.” Reuters “This is a big win for Google, and it blesses other search results that Google displays, such as news or images,” said James Grimmelmann, a University of Maryland intellectual property law professor who has followed the case. “It is also a good ruling for libraries and researchers, because the opinion recognizes the public benefit of making books available,” he added. Wired / Threat Level If the ruling had gone the other way, Google would have faced the Copyright Act’s hefty damages of up to $150,000 per infringement. NYT Google began its book-scanning project in 2004, without obtaining permission from copyright holders. The next year, groups representing authors and publishers sued Google claiming copyright violations, beginning an eight-year court battle. The Author’s Guild “We disagree with and are disappointed by the court’s decision,” Authors Guild executive director Paul Aiken said. “This case presents a fundamental challenge to copyright that merits review by a higher court. Google made unauthorized digital editions of nearly all of the world’s valuable copyright-protected literature and profits from displaying those works. In our view, such mass digitization and exploitation far exceeds the bounds of fair use defense. We plan to appeal the decision.”
John Oliver Leaving Daily Show to Star in HBO Talk Show (HuffPost)
John Oliver is ending his longtime stint on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart to star in his own weekly talk show on HBO, according to multiple reports. “I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now,” Oliver said in a statement. “I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at The Daily Show for the best seven-and-a-half years of my life. But most of all, I’d like to thank Jon Stewart. He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, it’s entirely his fault.” Capital New York Oliver has been a correspondent on Comedy Central’s late-night comedy news program since 2006, and filled in as host over the Summer when Jon Stewart took a leave of absence to direct a film. HBO cites Oliver’s performance during the summer stint as the impetus behind the hire. “We weren’t otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw Oliver handling host duties on The Daily Show, we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO,” said HBO president Michael Lombardo in a statement. Deadline Hollywood The HBO show, which like the Daily Show will take a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, will debut in 2014, airing on Sunday nights.
MSNBC Host Alec Baldwin Chases After, Curses at, Paparazzo (TVNewser)
MSNBC host Alec Baldwin has been captured — once again — berating a paparazzo outside his apartment. TMZ has video of Baldwin chasing down and threatening a photographer Thursday afternoon. The video shows Baldwin, with his wife and baby, chasing after the photographer, at one point calling him a “c**ksucking f*g.” TMZ.com Baldwin has a bad habit of using language that’s considered offensive to gays. AndrewSullivan.com Staggeringly, Baldwin insisted the rant was not a sign of his homophobia. That’s how entitled he thinks he is. Now we have an almost identical outburst against another indefensible photographic stalker — but after Baldwin won a suit against another stalker. Entertainment Weekly / PopWatch MSNBC did not immediately reply to a comment request. GLAAD has decided Baldwin’s I-wasn’t-really-homophobic credit card has been maxed out. GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro issued this statement: “[He] can’t lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice. It’s clearly time he listens to the calls from so many LGBT people and allies to end this pattern of anti-gay slurs.”
Reporters Covering Sarah Palin Book Signing Are Locked in A Room at Walmart (JimRomenesko.com)
Sarah Palin was signing books at a Walmart near Wausau, Wis. on Thursday. There’s a big religious-music-in-schools controversy there, so it makes sense that the former Alaska governor would stop by to promote her book about “protecting the heart of Christmas.” It’s no surprise, too, that Palin — with the help of Walmart — would keep reporters at a distance. “About eight media members and myself now locked in back room,” Wausau Daily Herald reporter Theresa Clift, who was covering the Palin event, tweeted Thursday morning. “We aren’t allowed to talk to guests here to see Palin.” The Atlantic Wire Clift noted that the door to the room where the reporters were held for the first part of the Palin appearance wasn’t locked, but the “door was guarded and we were told we couldn’t leave.” According to Jeff, a manager at the Wausau Walmart who spoke with The Atlantic Wire by phone, that guard was provided by team running Palin’s event, which was “put on by her publisher.”
What’s Really Happening to The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Food Section? (San Francisco Magazine)
Audrey Cooper, the managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, came to the defense of the paper Wednesday when The New York Times reported that the Chronicle’s lauded and beloved food section is going to be folded into another lifestyle section. Cooper, a newspaper vet who’s been at the Chronicle for the past six years, chatted with us over the phone to set the record even straighter.
InStyle Top in Ad Pages (NY Post / Media Ink)
InStyle once again has beat out Vogue to capture the coveted fashion magazine ad page crown for 2013. InStyle, with a strong December, finished with 2,810.47 ad pages, up 4.72 percent, according to the tallies that Media Industry Newsletter is slated to release on Friday. That means ad pages have grown each year since Ariel Foxman took over as the top editor of the Time Inc. title in 2008.
Roku Adds AOL-Powered News Channel to Home Screen (CNET)
Roku turned to AOL Thursday to provide quicker access to news on its streaming-video box. In addition to the AOL On app that has been on Roku for a while, the box is adding an integrated AOL news service to its home screen, providing fast access to a selection of real-time news videos from more than 1,000 sources like The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, Reuters, BBCNews, HuffPost Live and the E! cable network. CNET, which puts its videos on AOL’s On network, will be there too.
With Help of New Ads, Netflix of Magazines Eyes 100,000 Subscribers (Ad Age / Media News)
Next Issue Media, the mobile app often described as the Netflix of magazines, is trying to introduce itself to a wider audience this holiday season with a marketing campaign that includes TV commercials on 21 cable networks, the company said. The effort comes, however, just as Next Issue Media is getting a new competitor with a similar product.
About A Fifth of Facebook, Twitter Users Often Get News From Newspapers, Too (Poynter / MediaWire)
A total of 21 percent of Facebook users and 18 percent of Twitter users tell the Pew Research Journalism Project they get news “often” from print newspapers. The organization continues to look at how social media users get news.
60 Minutes Witness Dylan Davies Has Gone Into Hiding (Daily Beast)
It is the kind of note a publisher dreads. Dylan Davies, the British contractor whose contested eyewitness account of the assault on the U.S. compound in Benghazi caused a firestorm, sent an email to the publisher of his new book telling them he was going dark. In the message, which was sent on Friday morning to Simon & Schuster vice president Jennifer Robinson, Davies said someone had threatened to harm his family if he continued to defend his account of events in Benghazi to the media.
Rap Genius Says It Will Seek Licenses for Lyrics (NYT)
Rap Genius, a website that was accused by music publishers on Monday of reprinting thousands of song lyrics without permission, revealed that it had a major licensing deal all along — and also indicated that the site was likely to pursue more such deals in the future rather than fight with publishers over copyright. The site, which publishes detailed annotations of rap lyrics, was listed as the top offender of what the National Music Publishers’ Association, a trade group, called “blatant illegal behavior” by using lyrics without licenses from music publishers, which control songwriting copyrights.
How Promotion Affects Pageviews on The New York Times Website (Knight-Mozilla OpenNews)
Throughout my stint at the Times I have often witnessed analysts, social media editors, journalists, and business executives sprung into action when a particular piece of content is not meeting its expectations. In most cases, the solution is to intensify promotional efforts. Whether it be through a concentrated social media campaign or simply leaving the article on the homepage longer than normal, the inevitable result is that traffic to the article increases. Following this behavioral pattern, I expected to see a clear relationship in the data between promotional energies and pageviews.
Memo: It Took Three Weeks for The Washington Post’s Viral Site to Become Its Biggest Blog (BuzzFeed / FWD)
In a memo to employees, Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth announced that writer Dylan Matthews had won the paper’s internal “Publisher’s Award” for October, citing “his tireless creativity, insight and humor in running the new blog KnowMore.” KnowMore was launched on Oct. 7 as a viral-friendly portal to the popular Wonkblog, which is headed by Post star Ezra Klein. The site, which was conceived after the rapid ascent of left-leaning viral video site Upworthy (sample headline: “This Kid Just Died. What He Left Behind Is Wondtacular.”) as a way to lure more people to Wonkblog content, quickly rose to become one of the Post’s most popular properties.
British Press Freedom Under Threat (NYT)
Britain has a long tradition of a free, inquisitive press. That freedom, so essential to democratic accountability, is being challenged by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron. Unlike the United States, Britain has no constitutional guarantee of press freedom. Parliamentary committees and the police are now exploiting that lack of protection to harass, intimidate and possibly prosecute The Guardian newspaper for its publication of information based on National Security Agency documents that were leaked by Edward Snowden.
BuzzFeed’s All-Positive Books Section (CJR / #RealTalk)
Last week, BuzzFeed’s new books editor, Isaac Fitzgerald, said something outrageous: He would not be publishing negative reviews. “Why waste breath talking smack about something?” he told Poynter. “You see it in so many old media-type places, the scathing takedown rip.” It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
KD of course
ebben_zall no, sometimes having variety on social media is a good thing. Facebook doesn’t need to acquire everything
AskAaronLee time will tell
melissacralph No! Facebook is like the ‘Harriet the Spy’ of the neighborhood social media!
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