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Whispers And Warnings For August 20th
published: August 20, 2014

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ARRESTING JOURNALISTS ONLY FANS THE FLAMES OF CIVIL UNREST!
Law, History Support Arrested Reporters
"Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly, the Washington Post and Huffington Post reporters who were arrested Aug. 13 in Ferguson, Mo., while covering the bloody protests in that St. Louis suburb, have history and the law on their side."

Duh DUH! Duh DUH!! Duh DUH!!!
The Bizarre Story of How the Original Poster For Jaws Went Missing
Paul Bacon, one of the foremost book illustrators of the 20th century, created the original black-and-white image for the Doubleday hardcover (pictures in the article). But the artist credited with creating the quintessential 'Jaws' image is Roger Kastel, who became famous in the 1970s for his movie posters...

A JURY DISAGREED
Lake Oswego mayor: Chris Kyle 'did not lie'
"In wake of Ventura defamation verdict, Kent Studebaker tells his story..."

THEY'RE NOT SEEING THE POTENTIAL LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES OF AMAZON'S ACTIONS. REMEMBER WHAT WALMART DID TO NEIGHBORHOOD STORES? WHAT IS AMAZON ENDS UP PUTTING MOST TRADITIONAL PUBLISHERS OUT OF BUSINESS? HOW GOOD IS THAT FOR THE READING PUBLIC?!
Amazon.com's treatment of customers means more to US antitrust authorities than how the largest Web retailer pressures publishers and movie studios.
"Amazon.com's treatment of customers means more to US antitrust authorities than how the largest Web retailer pressures publishers and movie studios."

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Whispers And Warnings For August 13th
published: August 13, 2014

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THE WRATH AGAINST AMAZON SPREADS
Plot Thickens as 900 Writers Battle Amazon
"Amazon's dream of dominating the publishing world has run into some trouble..."

AND...
Bestselling authors take out full-page New York Times ad against Amazon
"Stephen King and Donna Tartt among those petitioning Amazon to 'stop harming the livelihood of the authors.'"

ALLEGED PLAGIARISM (AND MORE) MEANS FALL FROM GRACE
LifeWay Pulls Mark Driscoll's Books from Shelves
"In a move that had been rumored for some time, LifeWay Christian Resources has suspended sales of Mark Driscoll's books, pulling them from its website and from the shelves of its 180 Christian bookstores."

EXCELLENT ARTICLE FROM FINDLAW.COM ON PLAGIARISM!
Plagiarism: 5 Potential Legal Consequences
"As college students prepare for to start their fall terms, the unfolding saga of Senator John Walsh's plagiarized college paper should act as a warning of the potential perils of academic plagiarism."

HARDWORKING, COURAGEOUS STUDENT JOURNALISTS!
Newspaper sues for access to surveillance video
"A student newspaper covering the January murder of a Purdue University student has filed suit against the university for access to surveillance video recordings showing a confrontation between police and a journalist."

SOMETIMES A #2 PENCIL JUST MAKES MORE SENSE...
Law students sue when software fails
"Perhaps law students were the wrong crowd to anger. Thousands of law students attempting to take the bar exam in 42 states got a nasty surprise: They couldn't upload their answers."

GOOGLE ALLEGEDLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO REMOVE THEM, BUT DID NOT
Now Google Autocomplete Could Be Found Guilty Of Libel In Hong Kong
"A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime."

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Whispers And Warnings For August 6th
published: August 6, 2014

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GIVE UP YOUR DOMAIN NAME, AND SHUT DOWN YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE
Amazon Flexes Muscle Against Blogger
"On Monday, Elias Saba, owner of the website FireTVNews.com received an email from the company asking him to turn over his domain name because it infringed on their trademark of the word 'Fire,' the go-to name for a number of Amazon's devices."

READERS ALREADY TIRING OF E-READERS. THIS IS NO SURPRISE. I GOT BORED WITH MY NOOK LONG AGO, AND ONCE AGAIN READ PRINT BOOKS ONLY. THIS IS ANOTHER REASON AUTHORS SHOULD NOT ABANDON PRINT PUBLISHING.
Read or dead: is this the end for the ereader?
Only "36% of adults own an ereader (half of them received it as a gift), but only 4% of people surveyed read solely on a digital device."

ALWAYS READ THE FINE PRINT!
NY Inn Claims on Its Website to Fine Brides $500 for (each) Negative Online Reviews (posted by wedding guests)
"A small-town inn is catching big-time heat for its policy of fining brides and grooms for negative reviews their wedding guests post online."

SEPARATE AND POSSIBLY SELL??? NOT A BAD PLAN.
Gannett to spin off publishing business
"Gannett, the owner of USA Today, said Tuesday that it will create two publicly traded companies next year as it moves to separate its broadcasting and digital businesses from its publishing division, a strategic move similarly adopted by competitors to shield more profitable business lines from the decline in print advertising."

ONE-THIRD OF EBOOK SALES ON AMAZON ARE FOR SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS. THAT'S NOT CHUMP CHANGE, FOLKS!
Surprising Self-Publishing Statistics
"The Author Earnings report takes its data from 7,000 top selling digital genre titles on Amazon's category bestseller lists. It found..."

"YOU RUINED MY WEDDING - AND YOU'RE SUING ME?"
More dentists and wedding singers insist on non-disparagement clauses
"By signing on the dotted line, or agreeing to those endless terms of service, some customers are unwittingly giving away their right to free speech..."

FALSELY POSTING ABOUT INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE!
Damages awarded to Belfast man over false ad on gay website
"Mr. Swain was awarded a total of 20,000 (plus legal fees), including aggravated damages, to cover both his libel and harassment claims."

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Whispers And Warnings For July 30th
published: July 30, 2014

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IF YOU CAN'T PROVE IT, DON'T PUBLISH IT! YOUR FAMILY MAY HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR WORDS AFTER YOU'RE GONE!
Jesse Ventura wins lawsuit over 'American Sniper'; passage to be deleted
"A federal jury in St. Paul awarded Ventura over $1.8 million in damages on Tuesday, finding that a section of the book defamed Ventura."

HAVE YOU BEEN BULLIED BY AN ADULT ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Bullying not just child's play
"Cyber harassment is the adult form of teen cyber-bullying. It is used to elicit hostile reactions toward the victim and may include defamatory posts, copying, altering and sharing of photos without copyright permission, or sending unwanted e-mails and texts."

GROSS. JUST...GROSS.
Journalists subpoenaed in 'pink-slime' suit
"At least four journalists and a writer have been ordered to hand over documents to attorneys representing the largest manufacturer of "pink slime," the latest development in Beef Products Inc.'s $1.2-billion defamation lawsuit against ABC News and others."

THIS ISN'T SURPRISING...
Why Is Amazon's Net Income Since '97 Less Than Facebook's in 2 Years?
"Facebook's profit totals about $5 billion since its second quarter of 2012, the first quarter following its IPO, according to its earnings reports. Amazon's total profit since 1997 is $3.1 billion, though the company's accounting methods vary in some of its quarters, according to financial data firm FactSet."

SCHOOL LIBRARIES IN WISCONSIN SEVERELY CULLED BY NON-LIBRARIANS!
Librarians concerned over removal of books
"Dozens of Unified faculty, staff, students and parents called on the Board of Education Monday night to stop district workers from removing thousands of books..."

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Whispers And Warnings For July 23rd
published: July 23, 2014

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THIS IS AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE!
A Look at Copyright Myths We Need to Work Together to Kill. Now.
"Copyright myths remain a common plague on small press publishing, self-publishing, and freelance writing and art despite the ease of accessibility to reliable sources online..."

WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS. TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING IS *NOT* A GOOD DEAL FOR MOST AUTHORS.
Traditional publishing is 'no longer fair or sustainable', says Society of Authors
"Chief executive of 9,000-member UK group argues that while 'authors' earnings are going down generally, those of publishers are increasing.'"

I'LL SAY IT AGAIN! YOU CAN'T USE SONGS (NOT EVEN LYRICS) WITHOUT PERMISSION!!
YouTube star Michelle Phan sued over copyright
Ultra Records claims "she has used about 50 of their songs without permission in her YouTube videos and on her own website."

THAT CHARACTER LOOKS NOTHING LIKE LINDSAY LOHAN!
7 hilarious reasons celebrities have sued video game companies
"How many celebrities have brought legal action against oblivious, unsuspecting, or secretly sneaky game publishers?"

DID ANYBODY REALLY THINK HACHETTE WOULD BE THE ONLY VICTIM? YOU CAN BET ALL THE BIG PUBLISHERS ARE IN AMAZON'S SIGHTS!
Amazon Now In Talks With Simon & Schuster Over E-book Profit-sharing
"Amazon.com, Inc. has begun talks with book publisher Simon & Schuster, Inc., a division of CBS Corp. (CBS: Quote) over e-book pricing and profit sharing..."

PUBLISHER WINS LAWSUIT FILED OVER MEMOIR
Court Dismisses $1 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Publisher
"Skyhorse Publishing and Author Fred Stoller Win Seinfeld Related Defamation Lawsuit Brought by Kenny Kramer, the Real Life 'Cosmo Kramer.'"

DON'T USE ANOTHER AUTHOR'S FICTIONAL CHARACTERS IN YOUR BOOK!
Sherlock Holmes and the mystery of copyright
"The estate has been attempting to block a California lawyer and Holmes fancier, Leslie S. Klinger, from publishing a new book about the two characters unless he is willing to get a license from the estate and pay a fee."

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