Playboy Magazine to Stop Publishing Nude Photos

It’s official: Guys really will read Playboy for the articles.

The magazine, known for its centerfold shots, announced Oct. 13 that it will no longer feature fully nude women starting this spring. Playboy Enterprises announced that the change is part of the publication’s redesign that will include an updated editorial approach.

The magazine, which has featured nudity since its 1953 inception, cites the evolution of digital publishing as the primary reason for the change.

“You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. It’s just passé at this juncture,” Playboy’s chief executive Scott Flanders told The New York Times, which first reported the news on Monday night. Playboy magazine’s circulation has dropped from 5.6 million in 1975 to about 800,000, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.

While the magazine still will feature women in provocative poses, the company says it is focusing on reaching the millennial 18- to 30-year-old male reader.

The move is the latest effort by Playboy in reimaging its publishing strategy. In August 2014, the website did away with nudity. Playboy executives said the average age of its reader dropped from 47 to just over 30, and web traffic jumped to about 16 million from about four million unique users per month.

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Appeals Court Affirms Google Book Search Is Fair Use

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 16 that the Google Books Library Project is protected by fair use and does not infringe on copyright issues.

The ruling affirms a 2013 lower-court decision that the search engine company did not violate copyright infringement laws by scanning millions of titles and making snippets available via libraries and online searches. Google initiated the effort in 2005 with several major research libraries to make bibliographic information and excerpts viewable. If a book is out of copyright and in public domain, it is available to read or download.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York denied the Authors Guild’s claim that Google was providing a substitute for the original works. The 2013 decision found that Google’s book-scanning policy — even without the author’s permission — was in compliance with copyright law. Google has scanned more than 20 million books since launching the initiative, according to a 2013 story from NPR.

The Authors Guild’s claim argues that the Google Books Library Project would take away authors’ revenue from their books. Google’s contention is that the search could have the opposite effect, by making authors’ books more available to find.

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