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March 19, 2019 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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The Authors Guild Works Toward Better Copyright Terms

An article from the Authors Guild notes that “when the U.S. Supreme Court was deciding Fourth Estate v., … the Authors Guild organized a group of artists’ rights organizations to file a ‘friend of the court’ brief, encouraging the Supreme Court to take the ‘application approach,’ instead of the ‘registration approach.’ Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has just come down—unanimously—against the ‘application approach,’ and has instead held that a lawsuit can only be brought after the Copyright Office has registered the copyright.

“The Authors Guild continues to believe that seven months, much less a year or more, is too long to wait to bring a suit. We have argued that the fee for expedited registration should be waived or drastically lowered if needed to start a litigation. Because books generally are (and should be) registered within three months of publication, it is not usually a concern for books, but it is a concern for freelance articles, which few writers regularly register. We hope to correct that with the Copyright Office’s new group registration for freelance articles.”

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