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Whispers And Warnings For February 26th
published: February 26, 2015

I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH THIS...
Fifty Shades of Grey Publishing Partner Wins Lawsuit
"Today's verdict confirmed that Jennifer Pedroza was a partner in The Writer's Coffee Shop. The jury determined that fraud had been committed by Ms. Amanda Hayward and TWCS Operations Proprietary when they induced Ms. Pedroza into a Service Agreement, and also deprived her of her share of one of the most successful book deals in history."

I'LL BE KEEPING MY EYE ON THIS ONE
James Risen And Houghton Mifflin Sued Over Libel Of NSA/CIA Whistleblower
"Risen and the publisher were put on notice and given several months to retract and pay damages for the alleged false and misleading statements but arrogantly refused."

WHY IT'S DANGEROUS TO GIVE AMAZON SO MUCH POWER OVER YOUR SUCCESS
Did Amazon Sink the Queen of Online Erotica?
"Engler's experience is instructive of the tenuousness of digital-book publishing and how beholden it is to Amazon."

IF HE WASN'T PREVIOUSLY DIAGNOSED, THEY MIGHT LOSE THIS SUIT
Parents sue U., newspaper for 'damaging' son's reputation with 'autism' label
"Plaintiffs say Deseret News article identifying son as autistic caused emotional distress."

JUST BECAUSE A PICTURE IS ALL OVER THE INTERNET DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN USE IT FOR PROFIT WITHOUT PERMISSION
Boom! Success Kid's mom sues fireworks company for using his image
"Laney Marie Griner, whose 2007 pic of her son, S.G., has since become a popular meme, is suing Jake's Fireworks. The company is using S.G.'s image on a product called Back Off that claims to shoot flaming balls, and features the image of a pacifier on its packaging. Griner is claiming copyright infringement, and is asking for unspecified damages."

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Whispers And Warnings For February 19th
published: February 19, 2015

I WONDER HOW MANY COMPLETELY INNOCENT FOLKS HAVE BEEN THE TARGETS OF THESE LETTERS?
Tech and media firms join Twitter in key test of FBI gag orders
"A bitter fight between the Justice Department and Silicon Valley is expanding as a diverse group of companies have lined up behind Twitter in a case that will help determine the limits of free speech in the age of Edward Snowden..."

THE STORY OF HOW THIS NOVEL CAME TO BE COULD BE A NOVEL IN ITSELF!
To shill a mockingbird: How a manuscript's discovery became Harper Lee's 'new' novel
"Pull up a rocking chair, pour two fingers of bourbon ... make it three ... and let's have a little chat, in the gloaming in this little town in south Alabama."

IF SOMEONE ACCUSES YOU OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, IT'S NEVER A GOOD IDEA TO IGNORE THEM!
YouTube MCNs Attacked in Lawsuits Over Alleged Use of Unlicensed Music (Exclusive)
"On Tuesday, Disney's Maker Studios, DreamWorks Animation's Awesomeness, Big Frame and BroadbandTV Corp. were all slammed with lawsuits that aim to rip the lid off of unlicensed music on YouTube."

TRYING TO CLAIM "FAIR USE" WHEN PUBLISHING A PHOTOGRAPH WITHOUT PERMISSION?! HA!!
9/11 Photos Causing Legal Trouble for Fox News, Other Media Outlets
"A judge won't allow Fox News to escape a lawsuit on 'fair use' grounds as CBS witnesses its own lawsuit."

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Whispers And Warnings For February 11th
published: February 11, 2015

IN MY OPINION, AS HIS HEIR AND CO-COPYRIGHT OWNER, SHE SHOULD GET THE ROYALTIES
9th Circuit reverses decision in copyright suit linked to 'Jersey Boys'
"Donna Cobrello, whose late husband ghostwrote the autobiography of ex-Four Seasons member and Las Vegas resident Tommy DeVito, may be entitled to royalties..."

LOTS OF GOSSIP IN A SMALL TOWN!
Friends defend Harper Lee's lawyer
"As her longtime protector, older sister and attorney Alice Finch Lee turned 100 and stopped practicing law a couple of years ago, another lawyer in Alice's small firm became the point person for the 'Mockingbird' brand."

ARE JOURNALISTS IGNORING THE LARGEST CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AGAINST A PUBLISHER IN U.S. HISTORY?
Why the secret criminal investigation of WikiLeaks is troubling for journalists
"Free-press advocates and a few independent journalists fear that kind of coverage is a sign the media is overlooking the details of an investigation that could have implications for all news organizations."

PUBLISHING SOMEONE'S PERSONAL INFORMATION, WHICH WAS ILLEGALLY OBTAINED, IS *NOT* NEWS
Why five police officers can sue the Chicago Sun-Times
"Court rules that publishing driver's license details broke the lawˇand First Amendment is no defense."

IT'S LEGAL TO RESELL PRINT BOOKS; NOT EBOOKS OR DOWNLOADED MUSIC
'YODA law' would ensure devices can be resold free of copyright
"...many people are surprised to learn they don't actually own the iTunes songs or Kindle books they buy, but are instead using them at the pleasure of Apple and Amazon."

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Whispers And Warnings For February 4th
published: February 4, 2015

I'M CURIOUS HOW THIS CASE WILL COME OUT
Man Sues Ford After Getting Fired For Publishing Homophobic Rant
"Ford, like most American car companies, is known for being pretty progressive. It's so progressive, in fact, that it was rated one of the best places to work in 2015 by the Human Rights Campaign. And working in such a place got one guy so upset, he vomited out a disgusting, hate-filled rant for which he was allegedly fired. And now he's suing."

THE WAY REVENGE P*RN LAW IS WRITTEN HURTS PUBLISHERS
Lawmaker revising Arizona's 'revenge p*rn' law after suit
"In our view, we're just trying to ask them to add some elements that first of all protect the media with respect to images that are important historically or have news value or artistic image..."

IF YOU CAN'T EASILY PROVE IT, DON'T POST IT!
Libel bill may cost blogger her home after payment deadline passes
"A Carmarthenshire blogger may have to sell her house after the deadline for her to pay libel damages passed."

SCAM ADVERTISING CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE!
Google Issues Its 2014 "Bad Ads" Report: Disabled More Than Half A Billion Ads
"Over 43 million ads were disabled for using 'Trick to Click' ploys."

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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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ANGELA ADDS: I had a snotty neighbor once upon a time. Nothing I did could get a smile or a wave out of that woman...until I delivered some of author [url][url]J. Michael Joslin's super strong rum balls to her on Christmas Eve. She's loved me ever since! THANKS, MIKE!!

GIVING MIKE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!
J. Michael Joslin, author
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