EBF Newsflash 250

17 February 2012
  • EBF SUPPORT TO ACTA TREATY
    EBF joined a broad coalition composed of about 100 national and international organisations (number still growing) in defence of the ACTA treaty. Letters were sent to MEPs and to National Governments to urge them to support ACTA.
  • DIVERGENT VOICE FROM DUTCH GOVERNEMENT WHO WANTS TO REVAMP COPYRIGHT LAW
    The YouTube generation has gained an ally in the worldwide "copyright wars." The Dutch government wants to change copyright law so new media users can continue to do "creative remixes" of protected content. The Hague will no longer wait for the European Commission to find a compromise.
  • EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE: JUDGMENT IN FAVOUR OF SOCIAL NETWORK NETLOG AGAINST SABAM
    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has struck the latest blow in the debate over internet policing, ruling on Thursday (16 February) that online social network sites cannot be forced to construct measures to prevent users from downloading songs illegally
  • VICTORY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PIRACY
    An international alliance of publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Elsevier and Pearson Education Ltd, has served successful cease-and-desist orders on a piracy operation with an estimated turnover of £7m.
  • 76% OF BEST-SELLING E-BOOKS PIRATED ACCORDING TO ITALIAN PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
    Only 1 619 titles were available in e-book format at the end of 2009 on the Italian book market. The offer has now reached 18 816 titles at the end of 2011, of which 15.000 were pirated, according to the Italian Publishers Association.
  • BRITISH BOOK MARKET SWITCHING FROM PAPER BOOKS TO E- BOOKS
    E-book sales are rising to offset a decline in physical book purchases, but only in volume. With the lower price points of e-books versus their print counterparts, the value of book sales is shrinking.
  • BOYCOTT AGAINST ELSEVIER AND OTHER ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS
    A petition is circulating to protest about the commercial conditions imposed to universities by academic publishers
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