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Whispers And Warnings For April 16th
published: April 16, 2014

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WHEN YOU HIRE SOMEONE WHO'S UNDER CONTRACT WITH ANOTHER, YOU MIGHT HAVE TROUBLE...
Texas Monthly To Sue New York Times For Breach Of Contract
Less than two weeks after the New York Times announced the appointment of Texas Monthly editor Jake Silverstein as the new editor-in-chief of the Times Sunday magazine, the publisher of Texas Monthly is expected to file a breach of contract lawsuit.

WHEN RELIGIONS PROTEST THEIR CRITICS
Outcry as Penguin India pulps 'alternative' history of Hindus
Novelist Arundhati Roy leads chorus of protest after publisher settles lawsuit brought by militant group

NOT ALL JUDGES ARE SMART!
Revenge Porn Is Bad, But It's Not GoDaddy's Fault
Today, a Texas appellate court fixed the lower court's obvious legal error and emphatically ruled that GoDaddy qualifies for Section 230's protection.

DOESN'T APPEAR THIS IS BEHAVIOR FITTING A MAYOR
Lemoore educator, newsman suing mayor for defamation
A suit filed on March 25 by Ed Martin, Lemoore High School assistant principal and publisher of the Lemoore Leader, alleges Lemoore Mayor Billy Siegel tried to have him fired from his job at the high school and sent a defamatory email message last year.

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Whispers And Warnings For April 9th
published: April 9, 2014

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BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING!
Toledo Blade lawsuit alleges military guards detained journalists, deleted photos
"The Toledo Blade filed a federal lawsuit Friday against various government officials after military police reportedly detained two of the paper's journalists outside a military manufacturing facility, seized their equipment, and deleted digital photographs."

MORE INTERNS SHOULD SUE TO STOP THIS HORRIBLE PRACTICE
Conde Nast Settles Intern Lawsuit
"The lawsuit was brought in June 2013 by former interns Lauren Ballinger and Matthew Lieb, who alleged that the compensation received for the work they did at W Magazine and the New Yorker, respectively, violated New York labor law."

IF YOU CAN'T SUE IN A TIMELY FASHION, DON'T SUE AT ALL!
NBC Universal Prevails in Epic 'Ghost Hunters' Legal Battle
"The dispute, litigated for more than seven years, alleged that the show about a team of paranormal investigators was stolen. This week, a California appeals court ordered a lower court to grant the studio summary judgment because the plaintiffs hadn't brought their claims in a timely fashion."

BANNED BOOKS IN PRISON? 17 DIFFERENT REASONS - GOOD ONES, IN MY OPINION!
'Violent, deviant s*xual acts:' Prison records show why inmates are denied books
"Mike Hoffman grabbed a copy of one of his favorite books, 'American Gods' by Neil Gaiman, and placed it among a pile of donations to be mailed to prisoners..."

ALLOWING UPLOADS OF ILLEGAL MATERIAL ENCOURAGES COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
Disney, Movie Studios Sue Megaupload, Kim Dotcom Over Copyright Claims
"While billing itself as a private data storage provider, Megaupload.com functioned as a hub for uploading and downloading copyrighted movies and TV shows, according to the complaint filed today in federal court..."

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Whispers And Warnings For April 2nd
published: April 2, 2014

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NEW, COURAGEOUS PUBLISHER MOVES FORWARD, 27 YEARS AFTER INITIAL LEGAL BATTLE
The book Scientology tried to ban
"To Scientologists, founder L. Ron Hubbard is a larger-than-life figure - a war hero, philosopher and humanitarian. But the real man was a dissembling, emotional wreck who made up most of his legendary exploits out of whole cloth, writes British journalist Russell Miller. (The book) was successfully printed everywhere but in the US, where, after two years of litigation, Miller's American publisher threw in the towel..."

RIDICULOUS! SOME TRADITIONAL PUBLISHERS THINK THEY OWN EBOOK RIGHTS BASED ON CONTRACTS THAT WERE SIGNED DECADES BEFORE EBOOKS EXISTED
You can't buy that! The great e-book royalty war
"A backstage battle between publishers and authors over royalties may be limiting which e-books you can buy..."

NO, YOU CAN'T USE STOCK PHOTOS FOR ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING, WHICH IS WHY YOU SHOULD ONLY HIRE AN EXPERIENCED DESIGNER!
Judge Allows Woman to Sue Over HIV Portrayal in Photo
"A woman depicted as an HIV victim in a state public service announcement can sustain a civil rights lawsuit against the stock photo company that provided her picture to the government agency, a Manhattan judge has held."

WHY PUBLIC OFFICIALS HAVE A TOUGHER TIME WINNING LIBEL LAWSUITS
At 50, landmark libel case relevant in digital age
"In the decades since, the justices have extended the decision, making it tough for celebrities, politicians and other public figures to win libel suits."

NO, YOU CAN'T USE SOMEONE'S PHOTO WITHOUT PERMISSION, EVEN IF IT'S NOT FOR PROFIT
Split decision in gay couple lawsuit over photo
"U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Daniel agreed the photo's use was noncommercial and a matter of legitimate public concern. However, he also ruled the couple and their photographer have a possible copyright infringement claim."

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Whispers And Warnings For March 26th
published: March 26, 2014

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SERIOUSLY? ISN'T THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS LONG GONE?
Moby Sued Over 22-Year-Old Song Samples
"VMG Salsoul, a New York-based disco and funk record label, is attempting to once again rewind the clock to a time when sampling might have been a more legally-loose endeavor."

I PREFER CASH TO AN AMAZON CREDIT!
Amazon customers are the beneficiaries of the Apple ebook price-fixing settlement.
"Although the credits are being applied to Amazon customers accounts, the actual settlement is being paid by the publishers."

I'M SURE WHATEVER WAS SAID IN COURT WAS ALSO IN THE PRE-TRIAL FILINGS. I WONDER WHY HE WAITED UNTIL THE FIRST DAY OF COURT TO RETREAT.
Vancouver man drops copyright lawsuit against director Cameron
"After the first day of hearings, Emil Malak, who filed the lawsuit in the Federal Court on Wednesday, dropped the case against Cameron for (allegedly) using his original screenplay in the blockbuster film Avatar..."

THEY WERE JUST ASKING FOR TROUBLE...
MP3tunes boss held liable in copyright case
"The jurors also found MP3tunes was willfully blind to copyright infringement on its website, in what a lawyer for the recording companies suggested before the verdict would be the first ruling by a jury of its kind."

COME UP WITH AN ORIGINAL NAME, OR RISK LEGAL FEES LATER
Don't Name Your New Business After a Will Ferrell Movie
"In Fort Worth, there's a race car-themed restaurant called Ricky Bobby. In Austin, Tex., there's a Bettie Page-themed hair salon. And a small East Tennessee coal mining town thinks it might attract tourists if it changes its name to Rocky Top. The problem with all three of these ideas has made itself obvious with recent legal filings: They're all using names or icons that belong to someone else..."

AUTHORS NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THIS, TOO!
From Mocking To Hacking: How To Protect Your Digital Reputation
"None of us has complete privacy online, and no one has complete control over the information that appears about them. But VIPs face more pervasive threats to their privacy, and these threats are more likely to impact their physical security..."

IN FLORIDA, YOU NEED MORE THAN AN I.P. ADDRESS TO SUE SOMEONE
Malibu Media BitTorrent Case: Judge Says No, an IP Address is Not a Person
"Notorious copyright 'p*rn troll' Malibu Media LLC, an adult film company, struck out in a Florida court last week when a Florida District Court Judge determined that an IP address does not identify a specific single individual guilty of copyright infringement. US District Judge Ursula Ungaro dismissed the lawsuit that Malibu Media had filed against an alleged movie pirate at IP address 174.61.81.171."

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

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Judge rules emails sent using school equipment are personal; invasion of privacy lawsuit moves forward
"S*xually explicit emails sent and received by a former Des Moines school district superintendent using her district-issued email and laptop should have remained confidential, a Polk County District Court judge ruled this week."

What is a music stream? Artists and labels in battle over digital income
"Dispute rages over how royalties should be split in the age of Spotify, Google and Ape."

Former GM, wife file federal civil rights suit against Humboldt County Fair Association; Tituses allege free speech, press violations
"The lawsuit, filed on March 5 by Stuart and Caroline Titus, alleges the board declined to renew Stuart Titus' contract in February 2013 in retaliation for his refusal to censor the weekly paper run by his wife."

A photographer who took an iconic picture of Michigan football star Desmond Howard in 1991 has cleared a key hurdle in a lawsuit against several parties accused of using it without paying him.
"The defendants argue that Masck can't pursue financial damages if the photo was used before he obtained a copyright."

MP3Tunes' Michael Robertson Loses Copyright Infringement Suit Filed by Capital Records
"Michael Robertson, the founder of online music site MP3Tunes.com--and another related, cloud music storage service Sideload.com, has been found liable in a copyright infringement lawsuit against him filed by Capital Records."

Adult film company has sued more than 1,000 individuals who illegally downloaded their movies through sites like BitTorrent
"An adult film company called Malibu Media has the IP addresses for thousands of people and is now targeting them for copyright infringement."

Does Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto have a case against Newsweek?
"This week's emphatic denial from Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto that he had anything to do with the creation of Bitcoin also hinted at a possible lawsuit against Newsweek, though legal experts say it would be an uphill battle."

Boston Herald Appeals Libel Verdict
"The Herald says its 2009 story about security in the state prison system was meticulously researched and it believes every word is correct."

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