March 24, 2014
Judge Rules for Harper Collins in e-book dispute
A New York court recently ruled in favor of HarperCollins in a dispute with Open Road over “electronic publications” (in a contract from more than three decades ago, when e-books did not exist). If upheld, how will this ruling, coming after the decision in the Rosetta case, affect authors? Legacy publishers? Digital publishers? Open Road argued that the dispute was as much about royalties as about rights. Will legacy publishers be able to hold the line on paying authors half of what companies like Open Road (or Asahina & Wallace) pay?