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'AAP Sues to Block Maryland, New York Library E-Book Laws' by Jim Milliot
Jim Milliot writes the following for Publishers Weekly:
The Association of American Publishers filed suit December 9 to stop a new library e-book law in Maryland from taking effect on January 1, claiming that the law, which would require publishers who offer to license e-books to consumers in the state to also offer to license the works to libraries on ‘reasonable’ terms, is unconstitutional and runs afoul of federal copyright law.
In its filing, the AAP alleges that the Maryland law effectively ‘commandeers the rights’ of publishers and authors. …
The suit seeks an order declaring the Maryland law ‘void and unenforceable because it is preempted by federal law and unconstitutional,’ as well a preliminary and permanent injunction against enforcement of the act.
In addition, the AAP made public a letter (signed by a number of other copyright industry groups) to New York governor Kathy Hochul, urging her to veto New York's version of the bill, which passed in June.
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