BULLETIN: IT and Media bulletin December 2013

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Digital publishing – Current issues and challenges for 2014

eBooks continue to attract much press coverage. At the start of 2013 it was reported that e-book sales at the top UK trade publishers doubled in 2012, meaning that the UK e-book market grew to £250m[1].

Yet at the same time print publishing is clearly not going to die out – a recent Ricoh/University of Colorado study of the US book market concluded that nearly 70 percent of consumers feel it is unlikely that they will give up on printed books by 2016 and that "consumers have an emotional and visceral/sensory attachment to printed books, potentially elevating them to a luxury item". Indeed despite their perceived popularity, 60% of eBooks downloaded are never read in the US[2].

What is clear is that eBooks are here to stay and have their own legal treatment which publishers need to understand. The growth of digital access to information and new licensing models also mean that journal publishers need to be up to speed on areas such as open access/creative commons. And with a judgment (finally) in the Google books case and the UK Government currently revisiting certain UK copyright exceptions, fair dealing/fair use exceptions to copyright are also a hot topic with publishers.

In this Special Bulletin copyright and publishing law specialist Simon Stokes of Blake Morgan's IT and Media Team looks at some of the current challenges and hot topics for 2014. The fourth edition of his book, Digital Copyright Law & Practice, a leading text, will be published by Hart Publishing early in 2014.[3]

e-book
How the law defines an e-book. Parallel trade issues. Public lending right for eBooks.

>>full article 

Open access

Open access - current developments

App development and licensing

What are the issues in developing, distributing and licensing apps?

>>full article 

Fair dealing under review

Will this mean change at last for UK copyright law?

>>full article 

[1] The Bookseller, 18.01.13.

[2] IT Strategies white paper, “The Evolution of the Book Industry: Implications for U.S. Book Manufacturers and Printers” 9 December 2013 (http://www.infoprint.com/internet/comnelit.nsf/Files/ITStrategies_FINAL/$File/ITStrategies_FINAL.pdf)

[3] (http://www.hartpub.co.uk) This Bulletin in part draws on this book.

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Leading the firm's technology practice in London, Simon specialises in information technology law, including outsourcing, cloud services, protecting software IP and licensing of market leading data analytics software.

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