Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Simon and Schuster Slapped with eBook Royalty Class Action Lawsuit - Copylaw: Publishing and Entertainment Law

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the Copylaw: Publishing and Entertainment Law site. A little digging around there and our inquisitive kitty reporter found a post about Simon and Schuster.

Whoever wins, this will be interesting.
According to the post there, a class action lawsuit has been filed against Simon and Schuster in New York state by Sheldon Blau, MD. The lawsuit against Simon and Schuster says the publisher misclassified "ebook transactions as 'sales' rather than 'licenses.'" The suit alleges that by classifying the transactions sales instead of licenses, Simon and Schuster is underpaying authors. Instead of paying 50 percent for licensing rights for each transaction, they are paying 25 percent for a sale for each transaction.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... The lawsuit makes sense to me, but what do I know. I'm just a little black kitty. I don't understand human laws, so don't quote me on anything."

Note: This is a l-o-n-g post. You'll need two cups of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Simon and Schuster

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