Recent Whispers And Warnings
Whispers And Warnings For July 1st
published: July 1, 2015
IF THEY HAVE SWORN AFFIDAVITS, WHY DIDN'T HE SUE HIS ACCUSERS INSTEAD? HMMM...
Georgia Straight editor defends decision to publish Furlong story
"On Friday, Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith defended the paper's decision to run the story. 'Do people have the right to be heard who swear affidavits about what happened? That's what it was all about,' Mr. Smith. said."
ACCORDING TO APPLE, EROTIC AUTHOR "LACEY NOONAN" (THE TARGET OF A CONTENTIOUS LAWSUIT) IS REALLY A MAN
'Gronking to Remember' Lawsuit Reveals Some Shockers
"Shocker #1: The author of this erotica novella is a man. Even those reporters who did Q&As (here, here) with 'Lacey Noonan' assumed the author was a she. According to Apple's papers, though, the book was written by Greg McKenna and if there's still any doubt, the computer giant identifies him as a 'Mr.'"
"WHY CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?" - Rodney King
Egypt editor quits after publication of anti-Christian pamphlet
"The Egyptian Union for Human Rights recently filed a complaint against Omara for 'disturbing the peace and damaging Muslim Christian relations' for a pamphlet titled The Failure of Christianity in the Middle East, which was distributed in last month's issue."
SHE SPENT $150K DEFENDING HERSELF AGAINST A LAWSUIT THAT HE LATER DROPPED
Journalist cites financial, physical loss as defamation trial against Vancouver Games CEO begins
"Freelance journalist Laura Robinson investigates claims of discrimination, abuse and racism in sport, and writes stories which 'the establishment does not want to hear, but need to be told,' says her lawyer, prominent Vancouver litigator Bryan Baynham."
AUSTRALIA TO START BLOCKING WEBSITES THAT CONTAIN COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
Australia Passes Contentious Online Infringement Bill
"'These offshore sites are not operated by noble spirits fighting for the freedom of the Internet, they are run by criminals who profit from stealing other people's creative endeavours,' Freudenstein said."
JUST BECAUSE IT'S ON THE INTERNET DOESN'T MEAN PEOPLE CAN USE IT FOR FREE!
Hollywood, Tumblr Weigh In on Copyright Dispute Over Paparazzi Photos
"Mavrix skipped past a DMCA takedown notice to sue LiveJournal for infringement based on the actions of its users."
Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE.Whispers And Warnings For June 17th
HE SUED HER FIRST, DROPPED THE SUIT, AND THEN SHE SUED HIM...
Freelance journalist cites financial, physical loss as defamation trial against Vancouver Games CEO begins
"Freelance journalist Laura Robinson took on an establishment sports figure three years ago, in print. The story directed allegations of physical and verbal abuse, made by people identified as former students... Reacting to her article, Furlong went too far and defamed her, Robinson claims. She's now suing him in B.C. Supreme Court."
WOW, THEIR EXCUSES ARE LAME!
Simply Read Books Faces Complaints of Late Payments, Breached Contracts
"A group of Canadian children's book authors and illustrators is unhappy with Vancouver-based publisher Simply Read Books, which they say has breached contracts and failed to pay advances and royalties on time. Nine creators and one former Simply Read editor spoke to PW, with complaints dating back to 2006."
HE SAID / HE SAID - THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING...
Donald Trump campaign fires back: We paid to use Neil Young's song
"The New York real estate mogul arrived on stage at his campaign kickoff announcement Tuesday as the sounds of Young's 'Rockin' In The Free World' blared through the atrium at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan...with the rocker claiming Trump didn't have permission to use the music..." but then 'Through a licensing agreement with ASCAP, Mr. Trump's campaign paid for and obtained the legal right to use Neil Young's recording of Rockin' In The Free World,'Trump's Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski told us."
CAN YOU SUE A NEW COMPANY THAT ABSORBED AN OLD COMPANY THAT (ALLEGEDLY) WRONGED YOU?
Tess Gerritsen's lawsuit over film 'Gravity' is dealt a setback
"At issue is whether Warner Bros. can be held liable for an agreement she signed with a production company, which was absorbed by Warner Bros., to make a film with similarities to her book."
Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE.Whispers And Warnings For June 10th
INTERESTING BIT OF PUBLISHING HISTORY
Houghton Mifflin Once Sued Another Publisher on Behalf of Hitler and Mein Kampf
"Despite being one of the world's most notorious books, Mein Kampf isn't exactly known as one of the most coherent or readable. John F. Ptak of JF Ptak Science Books reports that one attempt to cut the book down to an easily-digestible size led to a strange legal situation - a lawsuit filed by Houghton Mifflin on behalf of Adolf Hitler's bestseller."
Indian journalist burned alive after reporting on politician's alleged corruption
"An Indian politician reportedly has been arrested and charged with murder after a journalist covering his alleged corruption was burned alive."
IS YOUR NEW EMPLOYEE OR FREELANCER OFFERING YOU TRADE SECRETS FROM A COMPETITOR?!
The Perils of Employees' Trade Secret Plundering
"As the new employer, you may be hiring those employees because they have valuable information -- yet if you don't want to be targeted by a lawsuit, along with the employees, you do not want them to provide to you, or use, their former employers' trade secrets."
PHOTOSHOPPING CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE!
Aussie senator wins lawsuit against men's magazine for lingerie shot
"An Australian Greens Senator won a defamation case on Thursday against Zoo magazine for photoshopping her head onto the body of a half-naked underwear model."
ONLY $20?! HA HA HA!!!
Warner Bros slaps Friends pirates with $20 fines
"Copyright infringers tempted by the enduring appeal of the sitcom Friends have been targeted by Warner Bros ñ but the invoice might not be considered much of a deterrent."
WHY ARE ONLINE THREATS CONSIDERED LESS SERIOUS THAN OFFLINE THREATS?!
Why Online Harassment Is Still Ruining Lives -- And How We Can Stop It
"In 2010, Anthony Elonis threatened his estranged wife by writing rants on his Facebook page such as, 'There's one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I'm not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts.' For making these threats, a federal district court sentenced him to more than three years in prison. On June 1, the Supreme Court voided that conviction..."
THIS SHOULD BE ILLEGAL, BUT IT MAY NOT BE?!
Can an 'Artist' Sell Your Instagram Photos?
"We've all come to learn (I hope) that nothing we post on the Internet is private. But it's a far cry from 'not private' to 'available for an artist to enlarge, display, and sell for $90k.' That's what artist Richard Prince for a collection he calls 'New Portraits,' which consist of blown up photos from other people's Instagram accounts..."
Pirate books sites banned
"The UK High Court has granted an application by The Publishers Association to have several major 'pirate' eBook sites blocked at the ISP level."
NO, YOU *CAN'T* USE SOMEBODY ELSE'S ONLINE PHOTOS WITHOUT PERMISSION!
CoStar Sues RealMassive, Alleges Copyright Infringement - Analyst Blog
"CoStar is seeking millions of dollars in damages and a permanent injunction against RealMassive and its senior executives, claiming that the company features CoStar's copyrighted photographs in listings posted on its site. The research firm has also submitted concrete evidence of the national-scale copyright violations to the court, including photos showed on RealMassive.com with the CoStar logo or watermark still on them."
THIS IS NOT SURPRISING
Books about women less likely to win prizes, study finds
"Analysis of the last 15 years of winners of six major literary awards by the critically acclaimed author Nicola Griffith has found that a novel is more likely to land a prize if the focus of the narrative is male."
THIS ARTICLE MENTIONS THAT AUTHOR SOLUTIONS AUTHORS ARE
What Happens when a Book Publisher Doesn't Pay Royalties?
"Hesperus Press has been ordered by a British High Court to stop selling digital and print copies of Jonas Jonasson's smash-hit novel The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, following an alleged failure to pay royalties. The book had sold 500,000 print copies and 700,000 e-book copies in the UK since 2012. The author and their agent both never received a dime from them..."
Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE.