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Whispers And Warnings For July 29th
published: July 29, 2015

NEW COMPLAINT ABOUT TATE PUBLISHING
There are several other complaints on that page as well.

COPYRIGHT LAWS ARE NOW FAR TOO COMPLEX AND CONFUSING
New evidence should free 'Happy Birthday' from copyright: lawyers
"Lawyers suing Warner Chappell Music over the right to use Happy Birthday To You in a documentary about the song found a key piece of evidence in documents owned by Warner itself which appears to show the existing 1935 copyright is invalid..."

DESPITE THE RULING, CELEBRITIES (AND JOURNALISTS) SHOULD NOT BEHAVE IN HIS MANNER. INNOCENT FAMILY MEMBERS COULD HAVE BEEN HARMED.
Judge tosses Zimmerman lawsuit against Roseanne Barr
"Lawyers for George Zimmerman's parents and Roseanne Barr sparred in court on Tuesday over whether tweets posted by the comedian caused emotional harm and infringed on the couple's privacy rights..."

YOU'D THINK HE'D HAVE KNOWN BETTER...
Joke theft isn't new. Joke theft via Twitter? That's just the latest wrinkle.
"Alex Kaseberg, a freelance comedy writer, is suing Conan O'Brien for copyright infringement over several tweets and blog posts he claimed were lifted and then incorporated into the late-night host's monologue."

IF TAX DOLLARS WERE USED TO CREATE LAWS, SHOULDN'T THE TEXT OF THOSE LAWS BELONG TO TAXPAYERS?
Georgia is Suing a Man for an Act of "Terrorism': Publishing State Laws Online
"The term 'terrorism' is likely being applied a bit too liberally in conservative Georgia, where one man is being sued for - brace yourselves - publishing state laws online. For free. Apparently, so averse is Georgia to the notion of government transparency that the state is willing to take Carl Malamud to court for allowing denizens of the Internet to visit his site, public.resource.org, where they can find the annotated version of the entire state body of law. According to the lawsuit, filed last week, Malamud's actions qualify as 'a form of terrorism...'"

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

WHY THERE'S SO MUCH CRAP ON THE INTERNET
True confessions: I wrote for an Internet content mill
"One former backlink spam writer returns to share how the sausage is made."

PROVIDING BLURBS TO A PUBLISHER CAN CAUSE FUTURE PROBLEMS...
Publisher plans no future editions of Cosby bio, pulls celebrity blurbs from web pages
"Earlier Wednesday, Simon & Schuster told the AP that because of "recent events" it had pulled blurbs from Billy Crystal, Mary Tyler Moore and other celebrities from dedicated web pages on Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com and other retailers. Goldstein said that representatives from some of the celebrities had contacted Simon & Schuster about removing their blurbs, but declined to cite specific names."

INTERESTING READING!
J K Rowling Fast Facts

JUST BECAUSE THE STOLEN ITEM IS ELECTRONIC DOESN'T MAKE THE THEFT ANY LESS SEVERE!
IN THE U.K., COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CAN LEAD TO LENGTHY PRISON SENTENCE!
U.K. Government Mulls Lengthening Maximum Sentence for Piracy to a Decade
"The increased penalties form part of a consultation to tackle commercial-scale digital piracy and, if enforced, will bring jail terms for online copyright infringement level with those for infringement of physical goods for large-scale financial gain, which already carries a maximum custodial sentence of 10 years."

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
Feds spend $125,000 studying sexist adjectives
"'For example, in a masculine work domain where women are stereotyped as less competent, 'good' for a woman may mean something objectively less good than 'good' for a man,' it said."

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

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

Whispers And Warnings For July 1st
published: July 1, 2015




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