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Whispers And Warnings For January 28th
published: January 28, 2015

$40 MILLION FOR 5 MILLION PHOTOS?
Johnson Publishing to sell historic photo archive
"Looking to raise cash, the Chicago-based publisher of Ebony magazine has put its entire photo archive up for sale. The historic collection spans 70 years of African-American history, chronicling everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Sammy Davis Jr."

I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS "RELIGION" (AHEM...CULT?) CAN EVER HOPE TO HAVE A GOOD REPUTATION
Church of Scientology sets up online response to 'Going Clear' documentary
"The Church of Scientology has a history of not turning the other cheek. Back in 1991, after Time published a highly critical cover story titled 'The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power,' the Church responded with a million-dollar PR campaign and a massive lawsuit..."

WHO REALLY WROTE THOSE SONGS?? INTERESTING COLLECTION OF CONTROVERSIES!
Song authorship controversies, from George Harrison to Oasis
"The Tom Petty/Sam Smith settlement is just one example of how music industry players have handled controversies regarding hit songs with contested pedigrees...."

EASTER IS COMING! TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT SUIT LEADS TO NO CADBURY EGGS, KIT KATS ON U.S. SHELVES
Candy ban will keep British-made Cadbury and Kit Kat products out of U.S.
"Chocolate buffs are clamoring for the Hershey Co. to 'gimme a break' after the chocolate manufacturer reached a settlement with an importer to stop distributing British-made candy bars."

LET'S ALL PLAY NICE NOW, YA HEAR? IT'S BEST NOT TO ACCUSE YOUR NEIGHBOR OF MURDER, BEING A MEMBER OF THE KKK, CONSPIRACY, POSSESSING TERRORIST WEAPONS, AND MORE!
Hedge Fund Billionaire Louis Bacon Files $50 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against His Bahamas Neighbor
"According to the complaint, Bacon alleges that Nygard spread 'brazen lies...'"

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GIVING MIKE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!
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Whispers And Warnings For January 21st
published: January 21, 2015

AMAZON'S DE FACTO WIN OVER APPLE MAY BE REVERSED BY AN APPEALS COURT
The age of Amazon is upon us: How one court battle reveals the growing threat of monopoly
"Federal judges recently heard arguments in the latest case between Amazon and Apple. Here's what you need to know..."

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THIS IS HILARIOUS! PUBLISHERS AREN'T GOING TO JUST ROLL OVER AND FORGIVE AMAZON FOR ITS ACTIONS!
Amazon executive hopes for era of peace with publishers
"The overseer of Amazon.com's Kindle e-book and publishing divisions is preaching peace."

IF YOU ATTEND A PARTY LIKE THIS, BETTER WEAR A MASK!
Max Mosley and Google tussle over privacy
"Formula One President Max Mosley is taking Google to the High Court in London over the publishing of pictures of him at a sex party."

INTERESTING!
Should you respond to a class action notification?
"From time to time people will get notices in the mail that they could be a member of a class action lawsuit. Is this the modern day version of the Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes or are people potentially throwing away money by not following up with it?"

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Whispers And Warnings For January 14th
published: January 14, 2015

AUTHOR SUES A MAGAZINE FOR ACCUSING HIM OF LYING IN HIS BOOK
Journalist sues Japanese publisher after magazine disputed his reports of WWII sex slavery
"A former journalist who wrote stories about women forced into sex slavery by Japan before and during World War II filed a defamation suit Friday against a publisher and a scholar who accused him of fabricating the issue."

IMPORTING AND SELLING ILLEGAL COPIES OF BOOKS IS JUST PLAIN WRONG
Educational publishers sue Lexington man, claiming he sold stolen and counterfeit textbooks
"The plaintiffs allege that Hershey infringed on their copyrights over a number of years by, among other things, 'deliberately purchasing, manufacturing, importing, distributing and reselling' pirated copies of their textbooks without their permission."

U.S. JOURNALISTS, BE THANKFUL FOR YOUR FREEDOMS!
Lawyer say Kuwait online newspaper publisher and former government minister jailed for article
"A former Kuwaiti minister of information who runs an online news site has been jailed for a week over an article critical of government spending, his lawyer said Sunday."

DID ANY OF THE SCHOOLS ACTUALLY PAY THE FAKE INVOICES?
Lawsuit filed after Kansas public schools receive fake bills for textbooks
"Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has filed suit against a New Jersey company that sent false invoices for textbooks that were never purchased or delivered to at least 317 Kansas public schools."

HILARIOUS!! PAPER RESPONDS TO LAWSUIT ABOUT USING A COUNCILMAN'S NAME WITHOUT PERMISSION...BY PUBLISHING AN OP-ED THAT FEATURES HIS NAME 30 TIMES
Paper responds to 'bullying' by councilman
"Councilman threatens to take legal action if reporter doesn't stop printing his name without 'authorization'"

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Whispers And Warnings For January 7th
published: January 7, 2015

THE PUBLICATION'S OFFICE WAS ALSO FIREBOMBED BACK IN 2011
At least 12 dead in Islamist terror attack at satirical French publication
"Black-clad gunmen shouting 'Allahu Akbar!' stormed the Paris offices of a satirical publication known for lampooning Islam Wednesday, killing 12 and injuring as many as 15 before escaping, French officials said."

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Prophet Mohammed in cartoons: a history
"Following deadly Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine which published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2011 and 2012, we round up recent controversies over depictions of the Prophet in cartoons."

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON HARPERCOLLINS!!!
Publisher pulls atlas that omits Israel
"The Tablet, a London-based Catholic weekly, had reported that Collins Bartholomew was citing 'local preferences' for leaving out Israel from the 'Collins Primary Geography Atlas For The Middle East.'"

THE SAYS THE STORY ISN'T THE REASON HE LEFT. YEAH, RIGHT...
Rolling Stone Libel Lawyer Leaves Wenner Media
"As Rolling StoneŽs blockbuster campus rape story faces intensifying scrutiny, one question that has repeatedly been raised in the journalism community is 'how did this get through legal?'"

IS THIS A CASE OF 'DO AS I SAY, NOT AS A DO???'
Glass Houses and Throwing Stones: Why a Canadian Anti-Piracy Firm May Need to Send Itself Copyright Infringement Notices
However, the firm's "site has posted dozens of full-text articles from media organizations around the world."

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Anti-piracy firm behind Canadian ISP lawsuit under fire for using images without permission

READ MY COMMENT UNDER THE RIDICULOUS STATEMENT BELOW.
Ebook reselling dispute erupts in the Netherlands
"Tom Kabinet argues that a publisher's copyright on an ebook is exhausted once it is sold, as is the case with paper books."
WRONG! RESELLING EBOOKS CREATES ADDITIONAL COPIES OF THE BOOK, WHICH IS COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT. THAT'S NO DIFFERENT FROM ILLEGALLY PHOTOCOPYING AND SELLING A PRINT BOOK.

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Whispers And Warnings For December 31st
published: December 31, 2014

ALWAYS READ THE FINE PRINT! THIS IS AN OPTIONAL SERVICE. NOBODY FORCED THE AUTHORS TO PARTICIPATE.
Amazon Offers All-You-Can-Eat Books. Authors Turn Up Noses.
"It may bring in readers, but writers say they earn less. And in interviews and online forums, they have voiced their complaints."

I'll SAY IT AGAIN. UNPAID INTERNSHIPS ARE LEGAL SLAVERY.
U.S. Court Okays Conde Nast $5.85 Million Settlement for Interns Lawsuit
A U.S. court has finally approved Conde Nast's $5.85 million settlement, which will be awarded to more than 7,000 interns.

JUDGE ISSUES GAG ORDER IN LAWSUIT AGAINST COURT? REPORTER FIGHTING IT!
First Amendment challenge (class action) to broad gag order on litigants suing family court
A New Jersey federal court allows the lawsuit - brought by Paul Nichols, a Bergen Dispatch reporter who wants to interview one of the litigants - to go forward, and seems sympathetic to Nichols's First Amendment argument.

THIS IS *NOT* ABOUT YOUTUBE USERS UPLOADING SONGS ILLEGALLY
Google Facing $1 Billion Lawsuit Over 20,000 Unlicensed Songs on YouTube
"Azoff's claim: The online video site has not secured necessary licensing to include those songs in its upcoming subscription music service, Music Key."

THIS INDICATES CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF NOOK MEDIA! BARNES AND NOBLE NOW OWNS 100% OF THE SHARES
B&N Buys Out Pearson's Nook Stake
Barnes & Noble has reached an agreement with Pearson to buy out the publisher's stake in Nook Media for $13.7 million in cash, plus 602,927 shares of B&N common stock.

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