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Will the digital economy bill backfire?

(IWR Blog): The government used the Queen's speech to introduce a Digital Bill that will "enhance UK's digital economy" by effectively tackling the copyright infringement online and improving digital infrastructure and content technologies. Addressing one of the most pressing concerns of the digital age, the proposed Bill aims at providing essential support for creative industries in a digital world, through proposals on online copyright infringement and changes to copyright licensing.
   
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Here We Go Again! The Revised Google Book Settlement

(Information Today.com): A year ago, Google and its two major litigants, The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, announced they had settled their differences and filed a settlement agreement with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York. Since then, a flurry of amicus curiae briefs have been filed with the court from parties representing a wide range of interests-most of them negative or at least cautionary-and a Department of Justice (DOJ) Statement of Interest filed Sept. 18, 2009, focused on competition, class action, and copyright worries. So, last week, when Google and its someday-soon ex-litigants filed a revised settlement agreement with the court, the coverage proved equally feverish. However, closer examination of the revised settlement seems to reveal that the changes from the original settlement are not as major as some coverage has indicated.
   
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Textbooks will be the next frontier for e-reader sellers

(StarTribune.com): As Sony's e-book devices vie with the Kindle to win over readers, the real showdown may come later, when a shift to electronic textbooks at schools threatens to eclipse the current market for the products. Within five years, textbooks will be the biggest market for e-book devices, dwarfing sales to casual readers, predicts Sarah Epps, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.
   
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Access Through Metadata: Library Group Tackles the Challenge

(Digitalpreservation.gov): Perfect metadata is NOT required - good metadata IS useful. So say the resident metadata experts at the Library of Congress, who made this point very clearly at the recent National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program partners meeting. Consistent and rich metadata are needed in order to improve search of the Library's collections and provide web services that users have come to expect.
   
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Will Microsoft pay publishers to block Google?

(Imediaconnections.com): News Corp. honcho Rupert Murdoch's plan to block all of the publisher's content from Google seemed more than a little harebrained, but the plan is picking up speed with reports that News Corp. and Microsoft are forming an anti-Google axis. Microsoft has been in discussions with News Corp. about helping the publisher de-index its pages from Google. Microsoft has also reportedly approached other publishers about the same Google-blocking scenario.
   
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