posted Mar 06, 2001

Random House Sues for Rights
General IP Issues
3/6/2001; 2:03:47 PM

'Did authors sign away rights to electronic books before e-books were even invented? Random House believes so, which is why it's suing e-book publisher RosettaBooks over ownership of digital rights for eight previously published works.'

Interesting discussion, but I would anticipate Random House will win. While one cannot sign a contract without being aware of what the contract says, since the authors signed away "all rights" in all likelihood, its a bummer for the authors, but it's pretty clear what that means. (Now if they didn't sign "all rights" away, then maybe there's cause to argue, but this is really a contract case, not an electronic/Internet issue.

 

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