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Whispers And Warnings For September 10th
published: September 10, 2014

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Whispers And Warnings For September 3rd
published: September 3, 2014

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I'M CURIOUS WHAT INFORMATION EBONY HAS OBTAINED ABOUT THIS TRAGEDY
Parents (of classmates) sue 'Ebony' magazine for slander, libel in GA teen's death
"Ebony magazine is facing a $5 million lawsuit over its coverage of the death of a Georgia teen found in a school gym mat."

IF YOU CAN'T EASILY PROVE IT, DON'T PUBLISH IT!
Settlement reached in defamation case over Schapelle Corby book
"The publisher and the author of the book Sins of the Father, about convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby and her family, have reached a settlement with members of the Corby family in their long-running defamation lawsuit. The Corbys said the book falsely asserted they benefited financially from Schapelle Corby's conviction and sentencing, and that it falsely asserted they were involved in drug-related activity."

BARRING A PRE-EXISTING CONTRACT, IF SOMEONE ELSE TAKES A PHOTO OF YOU WITH YOUR PHONE, THEY OWN THE COPYRIGHT, NOT YOU!
Who Owns the Rights to Jennifer Lawrence's N*aked Photos?
"The copyright of the other images in question is owned by the photographer, not the subject. The site is now demanding proof of Lawrence's copyright or the name of the photographer."

I CAN'T BELIEVE A LAWYER WAS DUMB ENOUGH TO FILE THIS LAWSUIT
Amazon.com Inc. can't be held vicariously liable for copyright infringement done by its affiliates, a federal appeals court held Aug. 29.
"The court held that because Amazon couldn't "supervise and control" the infringement, the company couldn't be sued for vicarious liability."

GREAT ADVICE FROM ATTORNEY TROY MEYERSON!
Has Your Content Been Stolen? A Lawyer's Guide To Defending Your Online Content
"As an attorney who has been advising websites, affiliates, and networks across the country for a decade, I know many Internet marketers see the law as an obstacle. What do I have to disclose? What am I allowed to say in an ad? How quickly do I have to respond to an email opt-out? And so on."

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Whispers And Warnings For August 27th
published: August 27, 2014

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ADMIT IT. THE HEADLINE MAKES YOU SMILE!
CBS Being Sued Over Bert the Farting Hippo
"Folkmanis, Inc., which manufactured the original stuffed animal used as Bert, is suing CBS and affiliated companies, alleging that the network has been selling unlicensed Bert the Farting Hippo toys manufactured by a company in China..."

YES, EVEN BOOK REVIEWERS GET SUED!
Architect sues The New York Review of Books Over Article by Critic Martin Fuller
"Mr. Filler wrote a review of a 370-page book on architecture in which Ms. Hadid's name is mentioned in fewer than 20 pages. Mr. Filler's book review, by contrast, mentions Ms. Hadid in nearly two-thirds of its paragraphs..."

APPARENTLY, GOOGLE IS EXPECTED TO COMPLY WITH EVERY COUNTRY'S LAWS
Google Autocomplete's Brushes With Libel
"Can an automated Google feature that ostensibly helps users with a search be a basis for libel? Courts in Germany, Italy and Hong Kong have had to field that question..."

IS RE-ENACTING NON-FICTION COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT?
'Deep Throat' production company loses 'Lovelace' copyright case
"While Arrow Productions complained that 'Lovelace' copied three key scenes from the 1972 film, Griesa concluded that the recreation constituted fair use under federal copyright law."

WHEN YOU THREATEN A LAW FIRM THAT SPECIALIZED IN COPYRIGHT CASES...YOU BETTER HAVE YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!
Getty Images Sued Over Settlement Demand Letter: 'Unfair, Deceptive Scheme,' Copyright Lawyers Claim
"Known for demanding payment from unsuspecting web publishers, Getty Images was slapped with a lawsuit for "deceptive business practices. IP Law Group claims it never displayed the Getty-owned image on its website. Rather, the texting-woman photo was syndicated through a plugin operated by Zemanta Inc., a software company that provides third-party content to Web publishers."

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

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ARRESTING JOURNALISTS ONLY FANS THE FLAMES OF CIVIL UNREST!
Law, History Support Arrested Reporters
"Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly, the Washington Post and Huffington Post reporters who were arrested Aug. 13 in Ferguson, Mo., while covering the bloody protests in that St. Louis suburb, have history and the law on their side."

Duh DUH! Duh DUH!! Duh DUH!!!
The Bizarre Story of How the Original Poster For Jaws Went Missing
Paul Bacon, one of the foremost book illustrators of the 20th century, created the original black-and-white image for the Doubleday hardcover (pictures in the article). But the artist credited with creating the quintessential 'Jaws' image is Roger Kastel, who became famous in the 1970s for his movie posters...

A JURY DISAGREED
Lake Oswego mayor: Chris Kyle 'did not lie'
"In wake of Ventura defamation verdict, Kent Studebaker tells his story..."

THEY'RE NOT SEEING THE POTENTIAL LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES OF AMAZON'S ACTIONS. REMEMBER WHAT WALMART DID TO NEIGHBORHOOD STORES? WHAT IS AMAZON ENDS UP PUTTING MOST TRADITIONAL PUBLISHERS OUT OF BUSINESS? HOW GOOD IS THAT FOR THE READING PUBLIC?!
Amazon.com's treatment of customers means more to US antitrust authorities than how the largest Web retailer pressures publishers and movie studios.
"Amazon.com's treatment of customers means more to US antitrust authorities than how the largest Web retailer pressures publishers and movie studios."

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Whispers And Warnings For August 13th
published: August 13, 2014

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THE WRATH AGAINST AMAZON SPREADS
Plot Thickens as 900 Writers Battle Amazon
"Amazon's dream of dominating the publishing world has run into some trouble..."

AND...
Bestselling authors take out full-page New York Times ad against Amazon
"Stephen King and Donna Tartt among those petitioning Amazon to 'stop harming the livelihood of the authors.'"

ALLEGED PLAGIARISM (AND MORE) MEANS FALL FROM GRACE
LifeWay Pulls Mark Driscoll's Books from Shelves
"In a move that had been rumored for some time, LifeWay Christian Resources has suspended sales of Mark Driscoll's books, pulling them from its website and from the shelves of its 180 Christian bookstores."

EXCELLENT ARTICLE FROM FINDLAW.COM ON PLAGIARISM!
Plagiarism: 5 Potential Legal Consequences
"As college students prepare for to start their fall terms, the unfolding saga of Senator John Walsh's plagiarized college paper should act as a warning of the potential perils of academic plagiarism."

HARDWORKING, COURAGEOUS STUDENT JOURNALISTS!
Newspaper sues for access to surveillance video
"A student newspaper covering the January murder of a Purdue University student has filed suit against the university for access to surveillance video recordings showing a confrontation between police and a journalist."

SOMETIMES A #2 PENCIL JUST MAKES MORE SENSE...
Law students sue when software fails
"Perhaps law students were the wrong crowd to anger. Thousands of law students attempting to take the bar exam in 42 states got a nasty surprise: They couldn't upload their answers."

GOOGLE ALLEGEDLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO REMOVE THEM, BUT DID NOT
Now Google Autocomplete Could Be Found Guilty Of Libel In Hong Kong
"A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime."

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