Ebook Licensing Conflict Escalates

AAP Lawsuit Takes Aim at State Pricing Interventions

Early in the month of December, Gary Price of InfoDocket alerted us to the AAP announcment of a suit against the state of Maryland.

Statement: “The Association of American Publishers Files Suit Against the State of Maryland Over Unprecedented Encroachment Into Federally Protected Copyrights” https://t.co/LslMySqF2r #ebooks #libraries #audiobooks #copyright pic.twitter.com/v5mcvvU7SP

— LJ's infoDOCKET (@infodocket) December 9, 2021

Price continued to update that news page with statements emerging throughout the month from supporters of both sides with regard to ebook licensing agreements and pricing.

The news was such that mainstream news outlet Axios reported on the suit and its implications for libraries as well as rights holders..

Axios: Libraries enlist states in fight over ebook rules.https://t.co/b5T9VHyWcG

via @GoogleNews

— Jill ONeill (@jillmwo) December 22, 2021