HarperCollins Case May Redraw Battle Lines Over E-Books

Law360, San Diego (January 30, 2012, 11:07 PM EST) -- HarperCollins Publishers LLC’s digital rights suit seeking to stop Open Road Integrated Media LLP from selling an e-book version of a 1972 children’s novel has the potential to affect pre-Internet era publishing contracts and spur more litigation, attorneys say.

HarperCollins lodged its suit in New York federal court in December, alleging that Open Media’s publishing of “Julie of the Wolves” as an e-book infringes its rights under copyright law because the plaintiff already has a contract with author Jean Craighead George that gives it exclusive rights...
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