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Authors Guild Sues to Impound 7 Million Scanned Books

augui.gifThe Authors Guild has joined with the Australian Society of Authors, the Union Des Écrivaines et des Écrivains Québécois (UNEQ) and eight authors in a lawsuit over a collection of digitally scanned copies of seven million books. Recently these universities combined resources to create the HathiTrust digital collection at the University of Michigan.

The Guild aims to “impound” the collection until the matter is settled in court. Follow this PDF link to see the complaint. The copyright suit was leveled against HathiTrust, the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Cornell University.

The six authors who joined the suit included  novelists Angelo Loukakis, Roxana Robinson, Daniele Simpson, and Fay Weldon, children’s author Pat Cummings, poet Andre Roy, scholar James Shapiro and biographer T.J. Stiles. The University of Michigan planned to allow faculty and students to download copies of orphaned works in this digital collection.

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Two Literary Programs to End

stanfordbooks.jpgThe publishing world lost two pillars of academic support this week, as Stanford University shuttered a publishing program and a Columbia University professor has postponed his book review seminar.

According to a Publishers Marketplace (subscription only) report, the Stanford Publishing Course for Professionals has ended after more than 30 years of teaching publishing. Here’s more form the gloomy article: “Longtime director Holly Brady is leaving Stanford–saying she ‘expects to continue the conversation from another vantage point here in Silicon Valley’–and her staff has been dismissed.”

On the other side of the country, Columbia English professor James Shapiro has put his book reviewing seminar for undergraduates on “infinite hiatus.” Blaming the rapidly-eroding pay scale for book reviewers in the age of blogs, Shapiro explained in a NY Observer article: “[W]hat’s no longer there is the possibility of training a generation of book reviewers since, as you know, newspapers around the country are shedding their book reviews, or shrinking these sections.”