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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CAN ANYONE PUBLISH YOUR UNPUBLISHED WORK FOR PROFIT YEARS AFTER YOUR DEATH?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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Whispers And Warnings For March 18th
published: March 18, 2015

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS RUN AMOK!
Politics, sensitivity lead India to rush to ban books, films
"A British documentary. A YouTube comedy clip. A book on Hinduism. Each offended some segment of Indian society, and each was banned or suppressed as a result..."

and

Banned in India: Rushdie, Murugan, Fifty Shades, and...

I CAN'T BELIEVE PEOPLE STILL CALL THIS OUTFIT A "CHURCH."
6 insane ways the Church of Scientology has tried to silence its critics
(The "church") "purchased space on 120 billboards and 1,000 bus placards around Los Angeles, publishing ads featuring the journalists' bylines, the newspaper's name, and context-free quotes from their articles that made it seem as if their series was actually endorsing Scientology."

AFTER THE LARGE BLURRED LINES JUDGEMENT, EXPECT MORE OF THESE LAWSUITS
8 Songs Accused of Plagiarism That Hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100
"Whether by osmosis, coincidence, common ancestry or, you know, theft, there are plenty of hit songs that sound suspiciously similar to pre-existing material."

and

Why the 'Blurred Lines' Verdict Is an Uphill Battle for Copycats

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

I'LL SAY IT AGAIN. UNPAID INTERNSHIPS ARE LEGAL SLAVERY
Viacom Inc to pay $7.21 million to end wage lawsuit by thousands of interns
"Viacom Inc agreed to pay $7.21 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by thousands of former interns who said the owner of Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon did not pay them, despite their having done work similar to paid employees."

JUST WHEN YOU THINK EMPLOYERS CAN'T GET ANY DUMBER...
This is Not How to Fire a Sportswriter
"According to a civil lawsuit filed by veteran sportswriter Eugene Foster, the owner and publisher of the Gallup Independent, Robert Zollinger, fired Foster after Foster had his foot amputated due to complications of diabetes."

THE TERM IS TOO VAGUE. THEY SHOULD HAVE NOT GRANTED THE TRADEMARK IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Oprah Wins Lawsuit against Motivational Speaker over Trademark
"Motivational speaker Simone Kelly-Brown sued Oprah back in 2011 for using her registered trademark of 15 years. But a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit claiming the Queen of Talk had a fair use right to label her magazine descriptively."

THIS IS GREAT!! THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T ILLEGALLY STEAL AND DESTROY YOUR PROPERTY!
Ohio newspaper gets $18,000 from government for deleted photos
"In what was seen as a victory for First Amendment rights, the U.S. government agreed Thursday to pay The Blade $18,000 for seizing the cameras of a photographer and deleting photographs taken outside the Lima tank plant last year."

BARNES AND NOBLE PARTNERED WITH AUTHOR SOLUTIONS, WHICH HAS A CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST IT?!
Barnes & Noble's Dirty Little Secret: Author Solutions and Nook Press
"A line in the sand needs to be drawn. Partnering with Author Solutions is not acceptable. Hiding that partnership from users of Nook Press Author Services is not acceptable. Sharing Nook Press users' personal information with Author Solutions is not acceptable. And that message needs to go out very clearly to Barnes & Noble."

ONE TINY MISTAKE CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE!!
Publisher apologizes for test-prep book equating Clarence Thomas with KKK
"The publishing company called the misstep a formatting error and said it will stop shipment of the book, Barron's AP European History 7th Edition, and destroy the copies."

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

WOW! THAT'S SOME SEVERE SIBLING RIVALRY!
Man jailed for threatening to shame sisters
"A man, who threatened to dishonour two sisters by publishing indecent photos of them on the internet and making them go viral on social media networks, has been jailed for three months."

PHOTOSHOPPING GONE AMUCK!
Cindy Crawford Threatens to Sue Over 'Unretouched' Marie Claire Photo
"John Russo, the photographer who took the 'unretouched' photo of Cindy, claims the original photo was stolen and was then photoshopped to make her midsection look larger."

WHEN NEWSPAPERS CAN'T FIND A WAY TO TRANSITION PRINT SUBSCRIPTION SALES TO ONLINE AD SALES, THEY FAIL
What will happen to the Tampa Bay Times?
The Times, Florida's largest newspaper, has been in financial free fall for six years.

VIDEO EVIDENCE IS DIFFICULT TO REFUTE
Casino mogul Steve Wynn's slander lawsuit against Jim Chanos got slapped down hard
"The suit was dismissed with prejudice and Wynn will have to pay Chanos' legal expenses. 'I need look no further than the transcript and video of the symposium to conclude that Chanos's words do not amount to a statement of fact, but rather an opinion that is not actionable.'"

USING A BLANKET STATEMENT, AND APPLYING IT TO ALL, CAN BE VERY COSTLY!
YouTube Faces Summary Judgment in Libel Case
"Lisa Pellegrino, mother of young Nicolas Brotherton who starred in the video said this; 'My son was devastated when YouTube took the "Luv ya" video down after his entire kindergarten class had watched it a few days earlier. They defamed my son with that takedown notice.'"

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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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