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Whispers And Warnings For October 22nd
published: October 22, 2014

YES, SOME OF AMAZON'S ACTIONS ARE COMPLETELY OUT LINE
Amazon's Monopsony Is Not O.K.
"Can we trust Amazon not to abuse (their) power? The Hachette dispute has settled that question: no, we can't."

YES, PRINT BOOKS ARE MAKING A COMEBACK
Real books can defeat Amazon and e-books
"Books, alas, will always be at a marketplace disadvantage if book publishers lack the leverage to control the way they are sold. But (publishers') future, if they have one, will only be in real books. In rebuilding a market for the physical object. Making better objects. Rebuilding the culture of books (for which an actual bookstore is necessary). Children, in new research, gain much less from reading (or, in the new word, accessing) books on a screen than they do reading actual books. Perhaps adults do too..."

See also:
Print Books Are Not Dying. In Fact, They Seems To Be Making A Comeback!

ARE BOOK SALES MORE VALUABLE THAN INTEGRITY?
Simon & Schuster keeps its fabulist on bookshelves
"C. David Heymann got his books published by a string of respected publishers, which was quite a feat given his well-documented history of fabrications, falsehoods, plagiarism, and highly questionable reporting dating to 1983..."

DID A POLITICIAN TRY TO GET A REPORTER FIRED OVER AN UNFLATTERING STORY?
Did Rauner camp interfere with this Sun-Times reporter's job?
"A Chicago Sun-Times reporter hired former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins to investigate whether the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner tried to interfere with his employment after the newspaper ran a story unfavorable to the politician."

AS THE RELATIVE OF SOMEONE WHO WAS A VICTIM OF CHILD S*XUAL ABUSE, I'M NO LONGER A FAN OF JOHN GRISHAM.
Grisham says sorry for remarks
"Novelist John Grisham apologized Thursday for saying in an interview that many men imprisoned for ch*ld p*rnography offenses in the U.S. probably just had too much to drink and 'pushed the wrong buttons.'"

POSTING A TRUE NEGATIVE REVIEW COULD COST YOUR $10K OR MORE IN LEGAL EXPENSES
How libel chill is quashing negative online reviews
"'It's cheap to threaten and expensive to defend. So yes, many people become very quiet when they're faced with the realistic possibility that they're going to have to defend against a libel claim even if what they said is true. Because it's all very well to defend, but if it costs $10,000 to defend a true comment, well you're out $10,000. How much is it worth?' said Paul Alan Levy, a lawyer who specializes in free speech issues related to the internet for the Washington, D.C.- based Public Citizen Litigation Group."

NOT POSTING THE FAMILY'S FULL RESPONSE COST THIS PAPER 55,00 IN LIBEL DAMAGES + ATTORNEY FEES
Kate and Gerry McCann criticise press after libel payout
"Kate and Gerry McCann said the paper did not provide them with a proper opportunity to comment and chose not to publish key parts of their response."

I AGREE WITH THE PRISON ON THIS ONE
Convicted murderer sues state of Connecticut over prison p*rn ban
"A convicted murderer sentenced to more than a half-century behind bars is suing the state of Connecticut, saying its ban on pornography in prison violates his constitutional rights."

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Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE.

Whispers And Warnings For October 15th
published: October 15, 2014

FURTHER PROOF THAT NOT ALL DOCTORS ARE SMART, NOR UNSELFISH!
Nancy Snyderman Breaches Ebola Protocol
"Nancy Snyderman, the NBC News doctor who recently returned from Liberia, breached the Ebola protocol for quarantine set for those exposed to others diagnosed with the disease."

IS MICROSOFT USING DMCA NOTICES TO STOP CRITICISM OF WINDOWS?
Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers
"Microsoft has sparked fury among the faithful following a DMCA takedown trawl that snared innocent Windows bloggers."

WHO DO YOU BELIEVE?
Fresno heart surgeon sues man for defamation
"A prominent Fresno heart surgeon who's accused of leaving an open-heart surgery before his patient's chest was closed is suing the person who told state investigators about the alleged incident that resulted in a $75,000 fine to Community Regional Medical Center."

"APART FROM LIBEL LAWS, (BLOGGERS ARE) FREE TO SAY WHAT THEY WANT WITH LITTLE COMMERCIAL CONSTRAINT"
Peter Lyons: Why investigative journalism is so important
"A friend rang me recently and laughingly told me I had been pilloried by a blogger over articles I had written. Apparently I shouldn't be teaching in the classroom because of my unfortunate opinions which could negatively influence my students. I am also a pretend economist with no real credentials in the subject."

Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE.

Whispers And Warnings For October 8th
published: October 8, 2014

Links to the stories below can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9395

THERE'S NOTHING I ENJOY MORE THAN A CREATIVE HEADLINE!!
'Screwing' author allegedly screwed by publisher
"The author of 'Creative Screwing: A Woman's Guide to Becoming an Erotic Enchantress of Superlustful Sex' filed a lawsuit accusing her publisher of screwing her out of royalties." Alan Leddon dba Spero Publishing is accused of "refus(ing) to send any more royalties, and stated he would retain all royalties in a separate interest-bearing savings account until plaintiff was off parole."

CONTINUED KUDOS TO HACHETTE FOR FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT! BOOK PRICES SHOULD BE BASED ON HOW MUCH READERS ARE WILLING TO PAY, NOT BASED ON THE LARGEST ONLINE RETAILER'S DEMANDS.
How Amazon's Ugly Fight With A Publisher Actually Started
"Hachette's ebook sales have declined, but it remains determined to price its own e-books and loosen Amazon's grip on the market."

RELATED - WE (BOOKLOCKER.COM) SUED AMAZON, AND WON. Read more about that here:
http://antitrust.booklocker.com/

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MUSIC PUBLISHER GETS SUED
EMI Sued In Foreign Royalties Dispute With Monkees Songwriter
"EMI Music Publishing is facing a new lawsuit alleging a musician has been cheated over royalties on foreign sales."

I'LL SAY IT AGAIN. IF YOU DON'T WANT N*DE PHOTOS OF YOURSELF POSTED ONLINE, KEEP YOUR CLOTHES ON! AND, IF YOU DON'T, DO NOT UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS TO CLOUD! DUMB, DUMB, DUMB!
Google threatened with $100M lawsuit over nude celebrity photos, but case appears weak
"A law firm representing 'over a dozen female celebrities' who had their Apple iCloud accounts hacked is now taking aim at Google, saying the search giant faces massive liability for its alleged role in the distribution of private nude photos."

Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9395

Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE.

Whispers And Warnings For October 1st
published: October 1, 2014

Links to the stories below can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9393

WOW! DAMAGES REDUCED FROM $7.5M to $750K
U.S. judge reduces copyright verdict against ex-MP3tunes chief
"A U.S. judge on Monday reduced a $48 million (29.57 million pounds) copyright infringement verdict against the former chief executive of defunct online music storage firm MP3tunes, the latest turn in long running court battles between the music industry and online content providers."

DOES THIS MAKE ALL PUBLICATION OF NUDITY IN AZ ILLEGAL...OR NOT?
ACLU sues over Arizona 'revenge p*rn' bill
"The civil rights group said the law can make any person who distributes or displays a nude image without explicit permission guilty of a felony. The group says that violates the First Amendment..."

AND, FOR TODAY'S DIRTY GOSSIP...
Publishing Tycoon Sues His Upper East Side Neighbors After Failing To Sell His $25 Million Townhouse
"Retired publishing tycoon Dick Snyder is suing his neighbors Meredith and Bryan Verona for $60 million after he was unable to sell his mansion..."

THE PUBLISHING STORY THAT NEVER ENDS...
Judge approves Apple e-books price-fixing settlement
"Apple's agreement to pay $400 million to consumers depends on the outcome of its appeal..."

(ALLEGEDLY) USING SOMEONE ELSE'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WITHOUT PERMISSION IS JUST PLAIN DUMB
Universal Music Group Slaps Monster With Beastie Boys Lawsuit
"Reuters is reporting that a pair of Universal Music Group units are suing Monster Beverage Corp. for sampling several songs co-owned by rap-rock icons the Beastie Boys, who won a similar lawsuit against the drink maker earlier this year..."

LIBEL LAWS VARY ACROSS THE GLOBE
Woman in the Philippines sued for 'libelous' posts on Facebook
"A woman is facing libel charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after she allegedly posted derogatory statements in the social networking site Facebook against a man who owed her money in 2013."

Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9393

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Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE.

Whispers And Warnings For September 24th
published: September 24, 2014

Links to the stories below can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9392

IF YOU DON'T WANT N*DE PICS OF YOURSELF CIRCULATED, DON'T TAKE THEM!
Arizona's New Law Against Revenge P*rn
"If (individuals or websites) shared or re-published any of the images of n*de celebrities that leaked online earlier this month, (they) could be charged with a felony under a new Arizona law..."

GETTING BANNED CAN OFFER A TREMENDOUS BOOST IN BOOK SALES!
Top 20 books they tried to ban
"As Banned Books Week starts in America, we look at 20 books that were famously banned..."

I FEEL SORRY FOR THIS WOMAN...BUT I DON'T THINK THIS RULING WILL STAND.
Rape victim's lawsuit shows the limits of website immunity law
Judge: CDA Section 230 isn't "all purpose get-out-of-jail-free card" for websites.
"... appeals court ruling yesterday may join the small batch of precedents that set out the murky limits of CDA Section 230. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has allowed (PDF) an alleged rape victim to sue ModelMayhem.com, a site she says was used by her attackers..."

DID YOU KNOW THERE'S A FIRM THAT MONITORS SOME COLLEGE STUDENTS' ONLINE ACTIVITY?
Social media policies of student-athletes criticized
"Last year, UNC softball players were not allowed to post any of their photos from Halloween on Franklin Street to Facebook - at least, not without a coach's permission."

I THINK GOOGLE MAY NEED MORE EMPLOYEES SOON!
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said it has sent Google 100 million takedown notices
"And, now they're complaining 'that the internet search firm does not respond quickly enough.'"

Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9392

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Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE.




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