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Cengage Settles Author Lawsuit

October 8, 2018
 
 

Publisher Cengage has reached a settlement with two authors who objected to their work being included in the publisher’s Unlimited offer -- a subscription model where students pay one fixed price to access all of Cengage’s digital course materials.

In their lawsuit, which has now been dismissed, authors David Knox and Caroline Schacht said that it was not clear how royalties would be paid to them under the new subscription model, which was introduced this year. In the court document, the authors said the publisher had “trampled” on their rights.

The terms of the settlement are public, except for the amount paid.

Under the settlement, several textbook titles, authored either jointly or independently by Schacht and Knox, will remain part of the Unlimited subscription. However, the rights to one title, Choices in Relationships, will be returned to the authors for them to resell to another publisher next year.

David Slarskey, who represented the authors, said he was glad “Cengage came to the table and settled the dispute,” adding, “It’s a good day for Schacht and Knox. And for Cengage.”

A statement issued by Cengage said that the publisher was “very pleased to have reached an agreement” with the authors. Cengage added that the Unlimited subscription model had been “positively received by students, faculty and authors because of the value it offers.”

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