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

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THIS ARTICLE LISTS "15 COMPANIES WHERE INTERNS MAKE BIG BUCKS"
These Interns Make More Money Than the Average U.S. Family
"Unpaid internships are controversial, sometimes illegal. Yet some interns get paid very well..."

ISN'T THIS HOW MOST CITY COUNCILS WORK, TOO?
Detroit Free Press sues U-M, alleging regents regularly violate Open Meetings Act
"The news organization said regents make many decisions in private before once-a-month public sessions that amount to little more than a rubber-stamp to what's already been decided."

IF THE SCHOOL HIRED HIM TO DO THIS, I'M NOT SURE HOW HE COULD CLAIM TO OWN THE COPYRIGHT
Judge dismisses school coupons copyright lawsuit
"Michael Ward argued that he helped design coupon books for Knox County Schools for almost two decades, but was then cut out of the program."

OUR CHILD DID THIS ONCE (not through Amazon). WE REMOVED THE APP AND, VOILA! NO MORE UNAUTHORIZED CHARGES
FTC Sues Amazon Over Millions in Unauthorized Children's In-App Purchases
"The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, claiming the online retail giant billed parents millions of dollars for unauthorized charges made by children..."

REVENGE P*RN IS ONLY ILLEGAL IN 11 STATES
Anonymity Network Tor Sued For Allegedly Protecting A Revenge P*rn Business
"Tor, which offers encrypted software and an open network of protected communications, has been sued in the state of Texas over a revenge porn website that used its free service."

IT NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME THAT LAWYERS WILL FILE RIDICULOUS LAWSUITS LIKE THIS
ESPN blows off the lawsuit from the sleeping Yankees fan
"...but dude: if no one from ESPN actually said the stuff you said they said in your complaint you're gonna get your butt handed to you by an angry judge."

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

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IN MY OPINION, THE CHURCH SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER BUT I DOUBT THIS LAWSUIT HAS MUCH LEGAL MERIT
Muslim who converted to Christianity sues church for publishing baptism news
"A former Muslim who converted to Christianity has filed a civil lawsuit against a Tulsa church, arguing that leaders endangered his life by publishing his baptism announcement."

AFTER A PLAGIARISM ACCUSATION, "ACCIDENTAL" LACK OF ATTRIBUTION IS NOT A GOOD LEGAL DEFENSE!
Veteran's social media suit seeks to define libel
"A defamation lawsuit filed by a recent University of Arizona graduate and disabled Iraq war veteran claims social media attacks on him have crossed the line from banter and insults to libel."

MODELING A CHARACTER IN YOUR BOOK AFTER A CELEBRITY CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE!
Scarlett Johansson Wins Defamation Lawsuit Against French Writer
"Johansson's claim in a French court was that Delacourt's book made false claims about Johansson's private life through the protagonist in his novel..."

WE STOPPED BUYING FROM AMAZON BACK IN 2008 WHEN WE SUED THEM, AND WON
Authors call on readers in Amazon book battle
"An open letter to readers picking up momentum online Thursday had racked up more than 60 signatures including those of Lee Child, James Patterson, Hilary Spurling, and Scott Turow. 'It is not right for Amazon to single out a group of authors, who are not involved in the dispute, for selective retaliation.'"

A VERY INTERESTING READ!
The Untold Story Behind Why I Am a Narco News Journalist
"Given I no longer work for ACBJ, and am no longer dependent on a paycheck from them to help feed young children - since my four kids now ten years later are adults - I am finally at liberty to tell the story without fear of job-ending retaliation from an employer."

SOME INTERNSHIPS ARE SLAVE LABOR. PLAIN AND SIMPLE.
No More Working for Peanuts: The State of the Intern
"In recent years, the venerable system of the American intern has grown into a shadow labor market - becoming what many call an exploited talent pool that persists while mostly drawing nothing more than a wink and a nod."

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

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I WAS SHOCKED WHEN WRITER'S DIGEST GOT INTO BED WITH AUTHOR SOLUTIONS IN THE FIRST PLACE!
Writer's Digest Ends Association with Author Solutions
"Writer's Digest owners F+W Media were always aware of the precarious links with ASI from day one of the announced partnership..."

MORE ABOUT THE WRITERS DIGEST / AUTHOR SOLUTIONS DIVORCE BY DAMIEN WALTER
"This is highly significant as a bellwether of publishing industry attitudes to the controversial vanity publishing operations run by Author Solutions..."

I PREDICT THIS EBOOK RESALE STORE WILL BE SHUT DOWN
The right to resell ebooks - major case looms in the Netherlands
"On Tuesday this week, a local startup called Tom Kabinet opened the virtual doors on its secondhand ebook bookstore..."

YOU'D BE SURPRISED HOW MANY COMPANIES ARE PROFITING FROM YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Woman Files Lawsuit Against Magazine Publisher
"A Huron County woman has filed a federal class-action lawsuit alleging an Iowa magazine publisher illegally shared personal information about her and other Michigan magazine subscribers, and demanding $5 million on the group's behalf..."

WHEN YOUR COMPUTER CACHES A WEB PAGE, THAT IS **NOT** COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT. PRETTY RIDICULOUS CASE!
Viewing a Web page isn't copyright infringement, top EU court rules
"The legality of this common practice came into question in Europe as a result of a years-long tussle involving U.K. newspaper publishers, a public relations association and a company that aggregates and redistributes news articles."

VICTORIA STRAUSS DISSECTS THE AMERICAN WRITING ASSOCIATION
American Writing Association: A Service Writers Don't Need
Victoria Strauss writes: "In other words, American Writing Association is a new iteration of a very old scheme: the literary agent middleman."

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Whispers And Warnings For June 25th
published: June 25, 2014

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I DON'T THINK "TANGIBLE RIGHTS" BASED ON A BOOK INCLUDE SLOT MACHINES AND VIDEO GAMES
Warner Bros. Wants to Disqualify Tolkien Lawyers in 'Hobbit' Fight
"The estate of J.R.R. Tolkien and book publisher HarperCollins launched the lawsuit in November 2012, claiming Warner Bros. and Saul Zaentz Co. had infringed copyright and breached contract by taking Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit into allegedly impermissible places."

REMINDER - BARNES AND NOBLE AND MANY OTHER STORES SELL THE SAME BOOKS AS AMAZON!
Apple Is Happy to Take Your Money if Amazon Won't
"Fresh off of settling a lawsuit that accused it of collusion with publishers, Apple is ready to take the money you were planning to give to Amazon but can't."

IF A SITE DOESN'T COMPLY WITH DCMA TAKEDOWN NOTICES, THEY MAY BE COMPLICIT IN COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
LeaseWeb Settles Copyright Infringement Lawsuit with Adult Publisher Perfect 10
"Perfect 10 argued that LeaseWeb was complicit in the copyright infringement since it failed to process the 22 DMCA notices Perfect 10 sent to LeaseWeb in 2013."

A DOPPELGANGER DINER!
San Diego restaurant claims copyright infringement
"The suit claims the Arizona restaurant ripped off nearly every aspect of the restaurant: the name, the colors, the wrestling motif..."

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