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Proposed ebook settlement affects individuals, not libraries

This guest post is by Sara Gold of Wisconsin Library Service (WiLS), one of the managers for WPLC. Thanks, Sara!

State attorneys general ebook settlementsAttorney General J.B. Van Hollen recently announced an ebook settlement that will provide relief to eligible Wisconsin residents who purchased ebooks. Only individuals are eligible for compensation. Libraries are excluded from this settlement. The case details are as follows:

  • Three Settlements have been reached with certain publishers in an antitrust lawsuit filed by State Attorneys General about the price of ebooks.
  • The lawsuit claims there was a conspiracy involving three of the nation’s top publishers and others to fix and raise retail prices of E-books. These three publishers have agreed to settle the lawsuit. A separate lawsuit with similar claims continues against two other publishers and Apple Inc.
  • If you purchased one or more E-books from April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012 that were published by any of the five Publishers (listed in Question 2 of the FAQs), you may be eligible for a partial refund of the purchase price.
  • The Settling Publishers deny they did anything wrong, but have agreed to settle to avoid the cost and risk of a trial.
  • Payments will be distributed if the Court grants final approval to the Settlements at a hearing on February 8th, 2013 and after any appeals are resolved.

A full list of FAQs and action steps for consumers can be found at: https://ebooksagsettlements.com

A longer version of this article also appears on the WPLC blog.

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