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Whispers And Warnings For April 22nd
published: April 22, 2015

IF THE SONGWRITERS DON'T LIKE THE TERMS, THEY AND THEIR REPS SHOULD NOT SIGN ON WITH PANDORA. LESS CONTENT = FEWER LISTENERS.
Publishing Trade Association Responds to Roger Faxon, Saying 'Pandora Exploits Songwriters'
"First, does Pandora sincerely believe that paying approximately only 4% of its revenue to songwriters and music publishers is a fair value for the creative content that drives its business?"

HOW LIABLE SHOULD WEBSITES AND ISPs BE WHEN THEIR USERS BEHAVE BADLY?
Indecent Attacks on the Communications Decency Act
"If you surf Yelp before booking a restaurant, shop eBay to find bargains, or scan the HuffPo blogs for emerging political thought, thank Congress. And enjoy the free-range Internet times we live in. They may be fleeting..."

OH, TO BE A FLY ON THAT WALL...
News Corp's HarperCollins Makes Multi-Year Deal With Amazon, Averting "War
"Deal took nearly a year, but was kept private in contrast to Amazon's very public rancorous dispute with Hatchette."

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER PERSON ALLEGING COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT FROM A POPULAR MOVIE
Kuwaiti author sues Disney over 'stolen' 'Frozen' story
"An author in Kuwait has sued Disney and its hit film 'Frozen' screenwriter Jennifer Lee claiming the plot of the movie was pinched from a story included in her book 'New Fairy Tales'."

BARS (NOT COVER BANDS) GET SUED FOR COPYRIGHTED SONGS SUNG BY THOSE BANDS
Cover Band Classics Prompt Costly Copyright Claims Against Minn. Bars
"'(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay,' 'Bennie and the Jets' and 'Brown Eyed Girl.' They're cover band classics - songs that have also cost some Minnesota bars tens of thousands of dollars after they were hit with copyright infringement lawsuits."

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Whispers And Warnings For April 15th
published: April 15, 2015

DO YOU THINK SECRETLY TAKING PICTURES OF SOMEONE THROUGH THEIR OWN WINDOW WITH A TELEPHOTO LENS SHOULD BE ILLEGAL?
Artist Who Spied on Neighbors With Telephoto Lens Beats Privacy Claims
"In 2013, New York artist Arne Svenson sparked some outrage upon the exhibit of The Neighbors, featuring photographs taken with a telephoto lens of those living near his lower Manhattan residence."

DARN. NO MORE FUNNY IMAGES OF A SHIRTLESS PUTIN RIDING STRANGE ANIMALS!
Celebrity memes now a criminal offense in Russia
"If you're a fan of funny images featuring Russian president Vladimir Putin crying or riding a bear or hummingbird while shirtless, you should probably put off that trip to Moscow, as the Russian government recently made it illegal to post memes featuring celebrities."

BIG SECRETS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS...
News Corp's HarperCollins Makes Multi-Year Deal With Amazon, Averting "War"
"Deal took nearly a year, but was kept private in contrast to Amazon's very public rancorous dispute with Hatchette."

OUR DAUGHTER WORKED IN A PLACE WITH BLACK MOLD, AND COUGHED FOR MONTHS. A COUPLE OF WEEKS AFTER SHE QUIT, THE COUGHING STOPPED.
Former News-Press Photographer Sues Paper for Firing Him After He Complained of Mold
"Mike Eliason alleges that his then-employer retaliated against him for expressing his concerns about the health and safety of the work environment."

A VERY SAD STORY
Whistle blower: Taking down two media giants
"Paul Winkler was never one to easily tear up, but his emotions got the better of him when he was forced to leave Kelowna more than a decade ago. Blackballed in the newspaper industry, with no opportunity to carry on his career as a newspaper publisher, Winkler and his wife and four kids left town."

SEA WORLD ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE AN AUTHOR
SeaWorld Lawyer Warned Author of 'Beneath the Surface'
"Attorney Lawrence Iser, in a 580-word letter to Hargrove in mid-November, said SeaWorld didn't consent to use of such information in the book and demanded that he "immediately certify, in writing and under oath," that he wouldn't divulge company secrets."

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Whispers And Warnings For April 8th
published: April 8, 2015

IS THE PLAINTIFF A BULLY? SURE SEEMS SO...
Judge tosses lawyer's defamation suit against City Pages
"In a sharply worded order, a Florida judge ruled against the lawyer of an anti-gay Minnesota preacher after the attorney brought a defamation suit against the City Pages newspaper."

NOT FACT-CHECKING A STORY CAN BE EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE!
Fraternity Says It Will 'Pursue All Legal Action' Against Rolling Stone
"Phi Kappa Psi fraternity says its plans to pursue 'all available legal action' against Rolling Stone over what it said was 'reckless reporting' of UVA rape story."

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CAN ALSO BE EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE!
Rovio awarded $4.2 million in copyright case
"Toy Amazon Corporation ordered to pay up after failing to attend the court hearing."

GOOGLE COULD BE FINED 10% OF THEIR ANNUAL REVENUES
Google braces itself for 4bn fine as Europe prepares to file anti-competition lawsuit against the internet giant
"If found to have been behaving unfairly, Google could be fined ten per cent of its annual revenues, which would be more than 4 billion based on last year's performance."

IF YOU VIOLATE COPYRIGHT LAW, YOUR VICTIM DESERVES TO KNOW YOUR NAME!
Australia judge disclosing alleged Internet pirates' details
"Internet providers lost an Australian court battle on Tuesday to keep secret the names of Internet users suspected of illegally downloading Hollywood movie 'Dallas Buyers Club' over file-sharing networks."

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Whispers And Warnings For April 2nd
published: April 2, 2015

BLOGGING IN AN AUTHORITARIAN COUNTRY CAN BE DEADLY
Opinion: Rule of law or not, bloggers are vulnerable
"Since 1992, 11% of journalists killed have died for their work online."

DID THEY REALLY THINK THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH THIS?!
Subscription service sued for fake newspaper, magazine renewal notices
"The nationwide scam targeted mostly elderly readers, allegedly charging them as much as double the actual price for new subscriptions and renewal offers to publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Old Cars Weekly and Turkey & Turkey Hunting, the attorneys general of New York, Oregon, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas charged in simultaneous lawsuits."

IF YOU DON'T REGISTER YOUR COPYRIGHT, YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RECOVER DAMAGES LATER
Copyright Essentials: 5 Things Every Musician Should Know
"Music copyright law can be an intimidating world, even for the well versed, but with a general overview and a handful of pointers, you can be well on your way to a better understanding."

PUSHING BACK AGAINST BIG BROTHER
Freedom House stated that NSA mass surveillance program infringes on privacy rights and freedom of expression.
"Congress should reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to clearly require that authorities have probable cause before undertaking surveillance of emails, web-browsing content, and search engine queries, a principle the courts should uphold. Protections against warrantless searches should extend to our online communications," Calingaert added.

IT'S NOT COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT. IT'S FAIR USE.
Playwright David Adjmi wins New York infringement court case
"A playwright who was accused of copyright infringement by lawyers representing the TV show 'Three's Company' over his parody of 1970s sitcoms has won a victory in court."

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Whispers And Warnings For March 25th
published: March 25, 2015

ABUSIVE ONLINE COMMENTS OR GOOD OLD FASHIONED STALKING?
Why I Quit Goodreads (or, The Bookternet Is Not Safe for Women)
"Partly, I was paring back my social media life to those that are most useful to me (Twitter) or make me happiest (Instagram). Partly, I found the Kathleen Hale controversy profoundly upsetting..."

CHANGING NAMES IN FICTION WON'T PROTECT YOU FROM LAWSUITS!
Self-Published Novelist Defamed In-Laws in 53k Euro Payout Case
"Despite the fiction disclaimer, the author's 'husband's uncle, aunt, cousin, mother and sister lodged a criminal complaint against her for libel, claiming that the novel directly related their family history and damaged the family's reputation.'"

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Don't Invite Lawsuits by Real People Featured in Your Book! (Hint: You Can Still Be Sued Even If You Don't Name Them!)

THE DEMANDS MADE BY THE MUSIC COMPANY ARE RIDICULOUS
Fox Sues to Keep 'Empire' as Title of Hit Series
"In response to a demand that it pay $5 million and cast several artists in the hit TV series Empire, Fox filed a trademark lawsuit on Monday seeking a declaration that it has every right to use the show's title."

CAN ANYONE PUBLISH YOUR UNPUBLISHED WORK FOR PROFIT YEARS AFTER YOUR DEATH?
Salinger Court Fight Involves Law, Literature Business
"I think we've turned the tables on the great J.D. Salinger - the most litigious author in American history," Graves said last week, just days after the lawsuit was filed. "No author has control after a certain amount of time."

IF YOU TWEET A LIE, EXPECT REPURCUSSIONS
Maker of film on rapper Drake sues its own star
"Drake authorized the filming, he was paid for it, he still has a financial stake in the movie, and his current statements to the contrary are completely false,' says Peter Haviland, lawyer for film company Specticast."

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