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Whispers And Warnings For November 19th
published: November 19, 2014

OUCH! BUT NOT AT ALL SURPRISING TO ME.
Amazon Advertising Executive Fired for Refusing To Lie
"A former advertising executive for Kindle is suing Amazon for wrongful dismissal. The saga begins in 2012 with the launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet. Amazon was seeking launch partners in order to build traction with their Special Offers edition. Credit card company Discover signed on, as they normally participated with pilot projects at Amazon. Then things got interesting..."

ALWAYS BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY AT PARTIES! PEOPLE JUST MIGHT BELIEVE YOU!
Uber Responds to BuzzFeed Report on Journalism Smear Campaign
"A senior Uber executive, during a private dinner gathering, reportedly raised the idea of hiring opposition researchers to dig up dirt on journalists who have been critical of Uber, according to BuzzFeed News."

AN EXAMPLE OF HOW LAWS IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES CAN HAVE A VARIETY OF EFFECTS ON LARGE INTERNET COMPANIES
Another Court Affirms Google's First Amendment Control Of Search Results
"Free speech law a powerful weapon on Google's side in US."

YEA, INTERNS!!!!! :)
Conde Nast Settles Intern Lawsuit for $5.8M
"Conde Nast, the publisher of magazines such as Vogue, Wired, and The New Yorker, has agreed to a $5.8 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by former interns."

WOUNDING SOMEONE'S PRIDE ISN'T ILLEGAL
Author Michael Lewis prevails in 'Big Short' libel appeal
"The author Michael Lewis did not libel a money manager in his 2010 best-seller 'The Big Short,' a divided federal appeals court ruled on Friday."

IN MY OPINION, HACHETTE WON!
In Amazon/Hachette deal, ebook agency pricing is a winner
"In the deal that Amazon and Hachette Book Group finally reached Thursday after months of bitter negotiations, we don't really know which side 'won,' if one side did. But one survivor ˇ perhaps surprisingly ˇ was agency pricing for ebooks, the practice through which the publisher sets an ebook's price and the retailer takes a commission."

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Whispers And Warnings For November 12th
published: November 12, 2014

LAWSUITS AFTER AN AUTHOR'S DEATH ARE NOTHING NEW
Battle Over Maurice Sendak's Book Collection Sparks A Lawsuit
"In the more than two years since Maurice Sendak died, a dispute has simmered over the celebrated author and illustrator's wishes for the works he left behind. Now, the fate of that personal library will be settled in court..."

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Who Gets Your Book(s) When You Die? - Yet Another Case of Heirs Fighting Over an Author's Copyrights

I REPEAT -IN MY OPINION, MOST INTERNSHIPS ARE LEGAL SLAVERY
Australia challenges unpaid internships
"Australia, much like the United States, is about to test just how much employers can ask young workers to do without paying them before facing fines for breaching Australia's labour laws."

(ALLEGEDLY) PHOTOCOPYING 11,000,000 PAGES FROM 7,000 WORKS FOR INCLUSION IN PACKETS FOR STUDENTS? SURE SOUNDS LIKE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT TO ME!
$4 Million Class Action Lawsuit Against Universite Laval for Copyright Infringement
"Copibec has filed a motion in Quebec Superior Court for authorization to launch a class action on behalf of thousands of authors and publishers from Quebec, the rest of Canada and other countries around the world because their copyright protected works have been copied without permission by Universit╚ Laval."

ATTORNEYS DON'T ALWAYS GIVE GOOD ADVICE!
Author of Bin Laden book sues ex-attorneys
"A former Navy SEAL who wrote a book describing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden sued his former lawyers Wednesday for malpractice, saying they gave him bad advice that tarnished his reputation, cost him his security clearance and caused him to surrender much of the book's income to the government..."

RELATED:
Did Your Lawyer Say, "You Can't Be Sued?" BEWARE!

IF HE CAN'T PROVE HE LOST BUSINESS, HE WON'T WIN THIS CASE
Trump lawyers demand trial in defamation case
"Lawyers for real estate mogul Donald Trump urged a judge on Monday to allow his defamation case against a journalist to go forward, saying the writer damaged his reputation by contending he is not a billionaire."

THIS STORY MADE ME SMILE. GAG ORDER ISSUED AGAINST A PUPPET?!
South African puppeteer to challenge gagging order
"Chester Missing's broad brown face is familiar on South African television where he is known for provocative, funny comments on politics and racial issues. Missing asks South African politicians questions that few others would dare. Now he has been gagged by a court order to stop challenging a white singer. Chester Missing is a puppet."

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Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE.

Whispers And Warnings For November 7th
published: November 7, 2014

I THINK PUBLISHING MUGSHOTS BEFORE SOMEONE IS FOUND GUILTY IS WRONG. OF COURSE, ATTACHING THE WRONG CRIME TO A MUGSHOT CAN LEAD TO A VERY EXPENSIVE LAWSUIT!
Charleston libel lawsuit latest to target publishing mugs shots
"(A) 45-year-old man has sued the Myrtle Beach-based paper, claiming in Charleston County court filings that its failure to verify the truth amounted to libel."

MANY LIBRARIANS COMPLAIN ABOUT PARENTS DROPPING THEIR KIDS OFF THERE, UNSUPERVISED. EVEN LIBRARIES AREN'T SAFE FOR CHILDREN ANYMORE.
Huron County grand jury indicts teen in sex incident at library
"A Huron County grand jury has indicted a Norwalk teen accused of having his penis was out while pressing his pelvis against an 11-year-old boy whom he didn't know at the library."

WHEN A FICTIONAL LINE IN A MOVIE NAMES A REAL PERSON, EXPECT A BIG, FAT LAWSUIT!
Journalist Sues 'American Hustle' Producers for Defamation, Libel, Slander
"Jennifer Lawrence's character says, 'You know, I read that it takes all the nutrition out of our food,' she says, handing her husband a publication. 'I read it in an article, look, by Paul Brodeur.' It turns out that Paul Brodeur is an actual science journalist, and he claims the scene harmed his reputation."

WHO DO YOU BELIEVE?
US Approved Ferguson No-Fly Area to Keep Press Out
The White House is denying this was the case.

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Whispers And Warnings For October 30th
published: October 30, 2014

IT'S A SHAME THIS FIRM HAD TO PAY LAWYERS TO RESPOND TO SUCH RIDICULOUSNESS
Manuel Noriega's Call of Duty lawsuit dismissed by LA court
"Manuel Noriega's attempt to sue Activision has been dismissed by a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge who ruled that the former Panamanian dictator's unauthorized cameo in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is protected by America's free speech laws."

WHEN YOU ANGER ONE OF YOUR BEST JOURNALISTS, IT'S GOING TO AFFECT YOUR BOTTOM LINE
Top journalist quits the Sun-Times: Paper 'no longer has the backs of reporters like me' - See more at:
"Dave McKinney, Springfield bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, rocked the political and media world here yesterdayˇnot by penning a hard-hitting story, as he has often done throughout his 19-year career at the paper, but by publicly resigning in open letter that questioned the paper's editorial independence and accused top management of interfering with journalists' work."

IN MY OPINION, MANY INTERNSHIPS ARE "LEGAL" SLAVERY. THE PRACTICE IS GROSSLY ABUSED.
NBCUniversal OKs $6.4M Settlement With Unpaid Interns
"NBCUniversal has agreed to settle claims brought by former interns who claimed they were required to work without pay on shows such as 'Saturday Night Live' in violation of labor laws."

MOST COMPANIES HAVE MORE MONEY THAN INDIVIDUALS, AND CAN AFFORD TO FILE LAWSUIT AS HARASSMENT
How libel chill is quashing negative online reviews
"The aggressive action taken by some businesses against those who post negative reviews online about their product or service is having a chilling effect on some reviewers who fear being sued, observers say."

IF YOU GET SUED FOR LIBEL, (ALLEGEDLY) THREATENING TO KILL THE PLAINTIFF PROBABLY ISN'T A GREAT IDEA
Defendant in Hawkins Humane Society lawsuit accused of making death threats against plaintiff
"A Rogersville man who was named as a defendant in a $800,000 slander and libel lawsuit filed by the Hawkins County Humane Society and three members is now being investigated for allegedly threatening to kill one of the plaintiffs."

WHEN YOU LIBEL REPEATEDLY, YOU MAY HAVE TO PAY REPEATEDLY AS WELL
The Times pays married vicars damages for third successive libel
"Two vicars have been paid libel damages and received an apology from The Times over an article that claimed their relationship had scandalised parishioners. The high court was told that the reverends Royston Such and Tana Riviere, who married in August 1995, were outraged because it was the third time that the newspaper had published the false allegation."

IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE
Was Imgur (a photo sharing site) rightfully sued by a photographer?
"If you copy without permission, you infringe the copyright (pretty much). It's no good to say you didn't know copyright existed. There is no 'innocent' defence; we are in 'strict liability' territory, to use the legal terminology."

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Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE.

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..."

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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 ú55,00 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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