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NYPL & William Morris Endeavor to Host a Conversation Event On Amazon vs. Hachette

nypl live 304x200The LIVE from the NYPL team has partnered with William Morris Endeavor (WME) to organize a conversation event to explore the dispute between Amazon and Hachette.

Those who wish to attend may do so free of charge, but advanced reservations are required. It will take place on July 1st at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York City.

The event, called “Amazon: Business as Usual?”, will feature appearances from author James Patterson, Grove Atlantic president and publisher Morgan Entrekin, EMusic.com founder Bob Kohn, law professor Tim Wu, and the elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board Danielle Allen. WME literary agent Tina Bennett has agreed to serve as the moderator.

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Apple Refuses To Settle In DOJ Case

Apple has filed a new memo in its defense against the Department of Justice, stating that it will not settle with three book publishers, as has been proposed. Instead, Apple is seeking a trial.

According to a court filing archived by PaidContent, Apple says it has “no objection to the Proposed Judgment’s bar on collusion.” However, the company will not settle with the court over its book contracts, because Apple claims “Once its existing contracts are terminated, Apple could not simply reinstate them after prevailing at trial. The Court’s decision would be irreversible.”

Here is an excerpt from the filing (PDF link)

The Proposed Judgment penalizes Apple in a manner that is inconsistent with the public interest and the law. Without Apple’s consent and without a trial, the Proposed Judgment automatically terminates Apple’s agreements (IV.A.) and effectively bars Apple (and other retailers) from selling eBooks under the agency model for two years by mandating shared responsibility for pricing between principal and agent (V.B., VI.B.). This result also is inconsistent with the fundamental tenet of agency relationships, not justified by proven facts, and has been overwhelmingly opposed by the public. Read more

DOJ Misses Deadline to Post 800 Public Letters

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has received more than 800 letters in public commentary in regards to the proposed ebook pricing settlement.

In a letter sent to Judge Cote, DOJ attorney Mark Ryan explained that they need time to read, sort and address all of these replies. At this point, the letters should be posted by July 20th.

Here’s more from PaidContent: “The Department of Justice was supposed to publish all of the letters it has received about the ebook pricing settlement on its website by June 25. That did not happen. Earlier this week [Bob] Kohn, an attorney and CEO of Royalty Share who previously wrote a legal brief in support of Apple and the publishers (but does not work for any of the parties involved), sent Denise Cote, the judge presiding over the case, a letter stating that the DOJ’s failure to make the letters available to the public — and to provide its response to those comments — on time violates federal antitrust rules.”

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