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

WRITER POSTS COMPLAINT
QBS Learning Formerly Bill Smith Group/Q2A

DID A RANDOM PERSON HIRE A LAWYER BASED ON A COMMON FIRST NAME ALONE?
Lena Dunham's Publisher Fires Back at Breitbart With Clarification of 'Barry One' Rape Allegations
Shortly after TheWrap published the story of conservative blog Breitbart News demanding Lena DunhamŽs camp break their silence about a possibly misidentified man the 'Girls' star claimed sexually assaulted her, we got the following statement from Random House, the book's publisher...

...EXCEPT FORBES HAS ALSO CLAIMED VICTORY IN THE LAWSUIT
Prince Alwaleed claims victory in Forbes libel case
"The Prince has consistently maintained that Forbes defamed him by falsely accusing him of defaulting on important contractual obligations, dishonestly manipulating the share price of Kingdom Holding Company, and firing KHC's auditor..."

IF YOUR CREATIVE WORK IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET, THIS MAY AFFECT YOU
No harsh penalties for illicit downloaders under copyright reform
"Australians will be blocked from accessing popular overseas websites hosting pirated movies and TV shows but would escape punishment for downloading illicit content under copyright law proposals being presented to federal cabinet on Tuesday."

AND, HERE'S A HUMOROUS BREAK FROM LEGAL PUBLISHING NEWS...
Headline proof that animals are still magic for newspapers
"Contents bills feature racist swans, knicker-eating dogs and a range of aggressive goats, gulls and cattle..."

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

FIRST AMENDMENT TRUMPS GOVERNMENT'S INTERESTS
Judge allows publication of 'In Cold Blood' files
"The son of a Kansas law enforcement officer who helped investigate the 1959 killings that inspired the book 'In Cold Blood' can publish his father's field notes that he says substantially contradict the account found in Truman Capote's literary masterpiece."

I CAN'T BELIEVE HIS LAWYERS TRIED TO CLAIM THIS PLAINTIFF WAS A "PUBLIC FIGURE" JUST BECAUSE HE ATTENDED THE RACE! WHAT A JOKE!!!
Judge allows libel lawsuit against Glenn Beck to proceed
The suit stems from Beck's false accusations that a Saudi student funded the Boston Marathon bombing.

WOW! THEY HAVE 160 LAWYERS READY! AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS SCIENTOLOGY IS A CULT?? I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS DOCUMENTARY.
Scientology v. HBO: Cable firm lawyers up for bombshell film, 'Going Clear'
"HBO has decided to go forth with a documentary that takes a critical look at the development of Scientology ů and hired about 160 lawyers to prepare for what company executives believe will be the inevitable lawsuit."

IT SEEMS TO ME HIS PIZZA PLACE LOST CUSTOMERS AND SHUT DOWN BECAUSE HE PISTOL WHIPPED A CUSTOMER WHO DIDN'T LIKE THIER CALZONE. I DON'T THINK IT HAD MUCH TO DO WITH THIS ARTICLE!
Ex-mobster loses defamation case against News-Journal
"Jurors took 90 minutes to reject the claim by an admitted killer and ex-mobster that he was libeled by The News-Journal for publishing stories about him."

ABUSE OF THE LEGAL SYSTEM TO HARASS OTHERS SHOULD ABSOLUTELY BE ILLEGAL!
Ontario reintroducing anti-SLAPP legislation
"The Ontario government wants to halt the growing practice of using meritless lawsuits as a way to muzzle opponents."

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Whispers And Warnings For November 25th
published: November 25, 2014

JUST BECAUSE IT'S ON THE INTERNET DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN REPUBLISH (OR BROADCAST) IT
TV station in the Philippines sues 18 pirate sites for $12-M
"ABS-CBN Corp. has filed a $12 million copyright infringement lawsuit against 18 websites for publishing TV shows and movies owned by the entertainment and media conglomerate."

ARE YOU PAYING FACEBOOK TO PROMOTE YOUR POSTS? IF SO, YOU MAY NOT BE HAPPY ABOUT THIS.
Facebook Cracks Down On Non-Ad Promotional Feed Posts, Bait-And Switching Pages That Bought Likes
"Facebook is about to start punishing business Pages that publish spammy, aggressive marketing posts with these kind of words to the News Feed. Facebook will show them to a lot fewer of their fans, even if the Page paid for ads to get those fans."

AUTHOR'S KIDS VS. AUTHOR'S WIDOW - NEVER A PLEASANT COMBINATION IN COURT
More twists in John Steinbeck heirs' battle over works
"The latest tousle between the author's heirs began two weeks ago, when two federal lawsuits were filed within three days. One, by Steinbeck's biological descendants, seeks to have the estate of Steinbeck's widow stop optioning rights to some of the Salinas author's works, including to high school stage productions of 'Of Mice and Men.' The other, by the estate, accuses Steinbeck's son of slander and seeks to reaffirm its right to manage Steinbeck's canon..."

A BIOGRAPHER'S QUANDARY...
Whitaker Nixes Revisions to Cosby Bio...for Now
"Mark Whitaker is finally having to face the music, along with Bill Cosby. The former Newsweek editor, whose biography of the actor/comedian, Cosby: His Life and Times, was published on September 16, has come under fire for opting to largely exclude the claims, by various women, that Cosby sexually assaulted them."

ECOOKBOOKS.COM CLOSES AFTER LOSING LARGEST CLIENT, THE FOOD NETWORK
Jessica's Biscuit Closes Online Operation
"The closure follows news that Jessica's, which offered books at 20-75% off, lost its largest client, the Food Network. At its height, Jessica's also had affiliate relationships with Epicurious.com and Cooking.com, among others."

EVER WONDERED HOW MUCH LARGE PUBLISHERS MAKE?
The World's 56 Largest Book Publishers, 2014

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Whispers And Warnings For November 19th
published: November 19, 2014

OUCH! BUT NOT AT ALL SURPRISING TO ME.
Amazon Advertising Executive Fired for Refusing To Lie
"A former advertising executive for Kindle is suing Amazon for wrongful dismissal. The saga begins in 2012 with the launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet. Amazon was seeking launch partners in order to build traction with their Special Offers edition. Credit card company Discover signed on, as they normally participated with pilot projects at Amazon. Then things got interesting..."

ALWAYS BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY AT PARTIES! PEOPLE JUST MIGHT BELIEVE YOU!
Uber Responds to BuzzFeed Report on Journalism Smear Campaign
"A senior Uber executive, during a private dinner gathering, reportedly raised the idea of hiring opposition researchers to dig up dirt on journalists who have been critical of Uber, according to BuzzFeed News."

AN EXAMPLE OF HOW LAWS IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES CAN HAVE A VARIETY OF EFFECTS ON LARGE INTERNET COMPANIES
Another Court Affirms Google's First Amendment Control Of Search Results
"Free speech law a powerful weapon on Google's side in US."

YEA, INTERNS!!!!! :)
Conde Nast Settles Intern Lawsuit for $5.8M
"Conde Nast, the publisher of magazines such as Vogue, Wired, and The New Yorker, has agreed to a $5.8 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by former interns."

WOUNDING SOMEONE'S PRIDE ISN'T ILLEGAL
Author Michael Lewis prevails in 'Big Short' libel appeal
"The author Michael Lewis did not libel a money manager in his 2010 best-seller 'The Big Short,' a divided federal appeals court ruled on Friday."

IN MY OPINION, HACHETTE WON!
In Amazon/Hachette deal, ebook agency pricing is a winner
"In the deal that Amazon and Hachette Book Group finally reached Thursday after months of bitter negotiations, we don't really know which side 'won,' if one side did. But one survivor - perhaps surprisingly - was agency pricing for ebooks, the practice through which the publisher sets an ebook's price and the retailer takes a commission."

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Whispers And Warnings For November 12th
published: November 12, 2014

LAWSUITS AFTER AN AUTHOR'S DEATH ARE NOTHING NEW
Battle Over Maurice Sendak's Book Collection Sparks A Lawsuit
"In the more than two years since Maurice Sendak died, a dispute has simmered over the celebrated author and illustrator's wishes for the works he left behind. Now, the fate of that personal library will be settled in court..."

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Who Gets Your Book(s) When You Die? - Yet Another Case of Heirs Fighting Over an Author's Copyrights

I REPEAT -IN MY OPINION, MOST INTERNSHIPS ARE LEGAL SLAVERY
Australia challenges unpaid internships
"Australia, much like the United States, is about to test just how much employers can ask young workers to do without paying them before facing fines for breaching Australia's labour laws."

(ALLEGEDLY) PHOTOCOPYING 11,000,000 PAGES FROM 7,000 WORKS FOR INCLUSION IN PACKETS FOR STUDENTS? SURE SOUNDS LIKE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT TO ME!
$4 Million Class Action Lawsuit Against Universite Laval for Copyright Infringement
"Copibec has filed a motion in Quebec Superior Court for authorization to launch a class action on behalf of thousands of authors and publishers from Quebec, the rest of Canada and other countries around the world because their copyright protected works have been copied without permission by Universit» Laval."

ATTORNEYS DON'T ALWAYS GIVE GOOD ADVICE!
Author of Bin Laden book sues ex-attorneys
"A former Navy SEAL who wrote a book describing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden sued his former lawyers Wednesday for malpractice, saying they gave him bad advice that tarnished his reputation, cost him his security clearance and caused him to surrender much of the book's income to the government..."

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Did Your Lawyer Say, "You Can't Be Sued?" BEWARE!

IF HE CAN'T PROVE HE LOST BUSINESS, HE WON'T WIN THIS CASE
Trump lawyers demand trial in defamation case
"Lawyers for real estate mogul Donald Trump urged a judge on Monday to allow his defamation case against a journalist to go forward, saying the writer damaged his reputation by contending he is not a billionaire."

THIS STORY MADE ME SMILE. GAG ORDER ISSUED AGAINST A PUPPET?!
South African puppeteer to challenge gagging order
"Chester Missing's broad brown face is familiar on South African television where he is known for provocative, funny comments on politics and racial issues. Missing asks South African politicians questions that few others would dare. Now he has been gagged by a court order to stop challenging a white singer. Chester Missing is a puppet."

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