Abbreviated Issue

My family is in town for the week so this issue will be abbreviated. I only see my parents one time a year. 🙂
This week’s Masonism:
When I was frustrated while preparing for relatives to arrive for the holiday (cleaning, etc.), Mason (age 7) walked up to me, put his hands on his hips, and said, What time of the month is it?
Big hugs to all,
Angela
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Whispers And Warnings For November 29th

Links to the stories below can be found here:
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The Legal Feud Behind Blackwater Founder’s Memoir
The Mercenary, His Ghosts, and the CIA…
Man Allegedly Gets Back at Journalists by Linking Their Names to a (bleep!!!) site
A lawsuit claims that one disgruntled businessman from New Jersey opted to go a different, much quirkier route, by linking journalists’ domain names to a porn website specializing in (bleep!!!) videos.
Mossad book sparks NIS 4 million lawsuit by journalist
Ronen Bergman claims authors plagiarized his work in the latest twist of a legal battle over the story of Israel’s secret service.
Polish Forbes mag issues apology to Jewish community
The Polish edition of Forbes magazine apologized for three articles about the restitution of prewar property of Jewish communities that targeted the leaders of Poland’s organized Jewish community and several Jewish organizations.
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Onslaught of Relatives!

Over the river and through the woods to OUR house they all come…

13 Signs You Shouldn’t Include That Risky Content In Your Book

Hi Ang:
As always, your advice this week regarding “13 Signs You Shouldn’t Include That Risky Content In Your Book” is excellent. I can give you two personal examples of situations where distance didn’t mean a thing in cases of plagiarizing someone else’s work. One was intentional and one was an innocent mistake (although I should have been more diligent in finding out if a copyright still existed). Thankfully, they both had happy endings but they could have caused a lot of financial grief. Strangely enough, they both involved published material from England.
In the first case, I was just an innocent bystander. I was Editor of a weekly newspaper and my Publisher sold a lot of the advertising and was also the chief layout artist (did I mention it was a very SMALL weekly?) Anyway, his highest-paying advertiser owned a fancy subdivision that included a riding stable. He wanted to feature the stable in his full page ad that week and, as artwork, the Publisher photocopied a cartoon featuring a cute little English girl decked out in full riding habit and riding a Shetland pony. It was from a book of English cartoons someone had given his daughter as a Christmas gift. As I recall, the character – from a long-running English cartoon strip – was called Penelope.
When I pointed out that the drawing was probably subject to copyright and shouldn’t be included in the ad, the Publisher snorted and said: “This book comes all the way from England. The artist doesn’t have access to our paper. He’ll never see it.” Wrong! Within a week, we got a “cease and desist” letter from the artist’s solicitor in England. Obviously one of our readers was familiar with the cartoon and had sent the ad to the artist or to the publishing firm that produced the book. That was the first and last time the cartoon was used and, fortunately, we never heard another word about it.
In my book Some Sunny Day, the title comes from the World War Two song We’ll Meet Again. My Dad used to sing the song at family gatherings and, since the book was about life after his return from overseas following the war, I thought it would be appropriate to include the first verse in the book. Naively, I figured that so much time had passed since the song had been written, it was probably in the public domain and I was free to use it.
I must have had a horseshoe in my back pocket at the time because, by an almost unbelievable coincidence, an English friend of mine bought several copies of the book and sent them to friends and relatives in England as gifts. Shortly thereafter, she got a note from one of her nieces pointing out that her husband, C. Ross Parker, owned the rights to the song, which his father, Ross Parker, had written. I wrote Mr. Parker a letter of apology and he sent back a nice note giving me permission, after the fact, to use the verse. Needless to say, a line indicating this permission was inserted in the next and subsequent editions of the book.
Keep those words of advice coming, Ang. You’re providing an invaluable service.
Bear hugs,
Tom Douglas
Author, Editor, Freelance Writer
Recipient – Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation 2012
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Want to Get Sued? Write About Your Ex!

Want to Get Sued? Write About Your Ex!

Well…my dilemma is that the person I would write about is my ex-husband, who would probably pursue vengeance on me, but there is a chance he might not. I am not going to pursue any vindication on him or try to slander him, but only to convey my testimony as to how I became a better person because of my experiences with, through, and because of him.
I don’t want any potential lawsuit, but I also cannot publish under another name or deny the truth that I want to write. In other words, I don’t want to hide. Perhaps as I write, I will end up fictionalizing it, but I won’t know until I am finished writing if that will be the result.
I want to share my story and I hope it will help people. I have asked other authors what they know about lawsuits on this, and they don’t know or they say to trust and write it anyway. Do you have any other information in addition to that other article?

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