Why policing how an author's work is used is necessary. The estate of Philip K. Dick is suing because a movie company claims a story fell into the public domain. The estate rebits with the use was not authorized. At stake: millions. The New York Times reports.
In a sort of proof by action that there was no obvious reason Borders couldn't have survived, Books a MIllion is taking over many of its old sites, returning a bookstore to a number of places that had been forced to do without. Publishers Weekly explains.
The Copyright Office announces its to do list. Publishers Weekly reports and links. Significant quote: "As the ease of infringement has risen, so too has the cost of federal litigation," Pallante notes. "Copyright law affords a bundle of exclusive rights to authors," she adds, "however, these rights are meaningless if they cannot be enforced." Initial public comments on the study are due January 16, 2012.
There's a whole world of literature out there and readers may be more interested in it than English language publishers have thought. The Bookseller explores. Also, abroad there are other publshing models. Take Freemium. FutureBook talks about it.