Barnes & Noble Beats IP Suit Over Cloud-Stored E-Books

Law360, Los Angeles (November 2, 2015, 10:45 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Monday tossed an e-book author’s copyright infringement complaint against BarnesandNoble.com LLC, ruling that it wasn’t responsible for readers downloading digital samples of his book to their e-readers or computers after it was removed from the bookseller’s website.

Granting Barnes & Noble’s motion for summary judgment, U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. said the company couldn’t be held liable for infringement just because a single customer had kept the free sample in a "digital locker" after author Louis K. Smith ended his agreement with a distributor that sold e-books through the retail website.

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