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Texas argues parts of new "book rating" law should be allowed to take effect

Sep 05 2023: In a written motion filed late on September 1, attorneys for the state of Texas renewed their bid to stay a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of HB 900, the state’s controversial new book rating law, until the Fifth Circuit court of appeals can weigh in on...

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Judge Blocks Texas book ban law

Aug 31 2023: Judge Alan D. Albright of the Federal court in Austin, Tex., has said that he will grant the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction to block Texas's controversial book ban law, which was due to take effect on September 1.

The state had sought to have the ...

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Judge appears skeptical of Texas book rating law on day one of case

Aug 21 2023: On August 18, Federal Judge Alan D. Albright heard the first round of oral arguments in Austin, Tex., on a motion to block HB 900, Texas’s controversial new book rating law. But with Texas attorneys filing a motion to dismiss the case just days earlier, on August 16, ...

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B&N and others file amici brief against Texas 'sexual rating' law

Aug 18 2023: Barnes & Noble, the Freedom to Read Foundation, the Association of University Presses, the American Association of School Librarians, and Freedom to Learn Advocates have filed an amici curiae brief in support of a motion for a preliminary injunction against Texas's HB ...

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Jacqueline Wilson says rewriting children’s books can be justified

Aug 14 2023: Jacqueline Wilson has said editing children’s books to remove inappropriate and dated language is sometimes justified because young people do not have “a sense of history”.

However, the bestselling children’s author told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that she was ...

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Publishers, Internet Archive submit proposed judgment in copyright case

Aug 14 2023: More than four months after a federal judge found the Internet Archive liable for copyright infringement for its program to scan and lend library books, the parties have delivered a negotiated agreement for a judgment to be entered in the case. But a final resolution in...

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As new law looms, Follett asks publishers to help ‘rate’ their own books for sale in Texas

Aug 11 2023: In their recently filed lawsuit to block HB 900, the controversial new Texas law that will require vendors to rate books sold to schools for sexual content, a coalition of booksellers and publishing industry associations insist that the law is both unconstitutional and ...

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A view from the trenches by Ukrainian novelist, Artem Chekh

Aug 10 2023: When Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, I was writing a novel. It took place in America in 1863, and followed a Ukrainian man as he traveled from Virginia to Missouri, meeting on his way various weirdos, soldiers, deserters and runaway slaves. I’ve ...

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