Whispers and Warnings

Whispers and Warnings for 09/22/2016

Whispers and Warnings for 09/22/2016

"Avoiding a horrible real-life plot twist, a writer dashed past firefighters into his burning New Orleans house Thursday to rescue two completed novels stored on his laptop."…

Whispers And Warnings for 09/15/2016

Whispers And Warnings for 09/15/2016

So, they’re going after everybody EXCEPT the actual copyright infringers?? Are Advertisers Liable for Supporting Piracy?…

Whispers and Warnings for 09/08/2016

Whispers and Warnings for 09/08/2016

In April, Microsoft sued the U.S. Department of Justice, arguing that its 'customers have a right to know when the government obtains a warrant to read their emails,' and that 'Microsoft has a right to tell them.…

Whispers and Warnings for 08/31/2016

Whispers and Warnings for 08/31/2016

"Photographer Carol Highsmith is known for her Americana-themed images, which she has captured in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Since 1988, she has been providing the images, free of charge, to the public through the Library of Congress. Unknown to her until recently, stock photo agency Getty Images had been selling her photos to paying clients while allegedly claiming exclusive copyright over them."…

Whispers and Warnings For 08/19/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 08/19/2016

They now make more money as professional travelers, relying on income they generate from their travel blog...…

Whispers and Warnings – 08/10/2016

Whispers and Warnings – 08/10/2016

Amazon gets sued…again. Amazon ‘Prime Now’ Drivers Sue Company For Misclassification, Wage Theft “The drivers claim…

Whispers and Warnings for 08/03/2016

Whispers and Warnings for 08/03/2016

So, Christian bakeries get sued for refusing service but non-Christian newspapers that refuse Christian ads don’t?…

Whispers And Warnings For 07/13/2016

Whispers And Warnings For 07/13/2016

These parents let their kid use Snapchat unsupervised and now they're whining about exposure to smut? Seriously??…

Whispers and Warnings For 06/29/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 06/29/2016

Dr. Gale Cooper, who closed her Beverly Hills psychiatry practice in the late 1990s, moved to New Mexico to write a novel based on the life of Billy the Kid. She is now fighting a legal battle over the state's public records law.…

Whispers and Warnings For 06/24/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 06/24/2016

  • Robots allowed to trade money and claim copyright on their work under radical new EU plans - Mirror Online
  • Amazon is issuing credits to customers after settling a $400 million e-book lawsuit.
  • The right to gripe: States seek to protect negative online reviews
  • Justice Department investigation could affect lawsuit against Johnson Publishing

Whispers and Warnings For 06/18/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 06/18/2016

  • $50,000 reward for info on rapist, killer who terrorized California
  • Who Owns the Copyright to 'This Land Is Your Land?" It May Be You and Me
  • A Publisher in Exile Gets the Big Scoop on China's Elite
  • Facebook, Twitter Sued By Father Of Paris Attacks Victim

Another Day, Another Singer Accused Of Copyright Infringement

Another Day, Another Singer Accused Of Copyright Infringement

  • As Ed Sheeran is sued for copyright infringement, here are ten other artists sued for 'stealing' hits
  • Court of Appeal Upholds Order Compelling Removal of Yelp Web Reviews
  • Zillow to pay Realtor.com $130 million over trade secrets
  • Model's horrific rape case may limit crucial online free speech law

Whispers and Warnings For 05/26/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 05/26/2016

  • Hulk Hogan's Sex Tape Lawsuit Reportedly Financed by Tech Billionaire
  • Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston wins libel damages from abusive fan
  • Online pirates could face 10-year sentence as UK plans to clamp down on illegal downloads
  • Star Trek fanfic creators must face CBS, Paramount copyright lawsuit

Whispers and Warnings For 05/21/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 05/21/2016

  • A pretty scathing complaint about Lulu.com. This person emailed us as well.
  • New complaint about Xlibris
  • Florida court allows Google to be sued by publisher delisted as "pure spam"
  • Rebel Wilson sues magazine publisher for claiming she lied about her age
  • Ronda Rousey, ex-manager avoid defamation lawsuit with book settlement
  • German court rejects Erdogan bid for publisher injunction

Whispers and Warnings For 05/06/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 05/06/2016

  • Australia State Aims to Sue Author for Fake Cancer Cure Diet
  • Piracy site for academic journals playing game of domain-name Whac-A-Mole
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by UofL students against Katina Powell and publisher

Whispers and Warnings For 04/29/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 04/29/2016

  • Traditional Publishing: A Maze; Self-publishing: Amazing
  • New Report Examines the Problem of High Bookstore Rents
  • Judge: Bill Cosby cannot get magazine reporters' notes
  • Father's memoir spurs Scientology leader David Miscavige to threaten lawsuit

Work for Hire…or Indentured Servitude? By Angela Hoy

Work for Hire…or Indentured Servitude? By Angela Hoy

Picture this. You see an ad from a large publishing house. They're seeking an author for a new book and the ad looks like it was written just for you! You have a good feelin' about this one! You respond to the ad and are thrilled to hear from the project's editor just a few days later. However, before they can discuss the project further, they want you to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Well, you think, okay... …

Whispers and Warnings For 04/15/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 04/15/2016

  • PublishAmerica / America Star Books Lawsuit Against Writer Beware Settled
  • As Led Zeppelin face trial for copyright infringement, here are nine other artists sued for 'stealing' hits
  • Miami Herald settles lawsuit with former US Senate candidate
  • Publishers Weekly Features Vanity Publisher Morgan James...Again

Whispers and Warnings For 04/08/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 04/08/2016

  • Nine-year-old reporter breaks crime news, complete with video, then fires back at critics
  • Calif. freelance photographer freed from Syria after 2012 abduction
  • Hulk Hogan's Lead Lawyer Explains How His Team Beat "Arrogant," "Defiant" Gawker
  • How Apple's Court Defeat Will Reshape the E-book Market

Whispers and Warnings For 03/25/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 03/25/2016

  • Court rules in favor of Amazon in 'A Gronking To Remember' lawsuit
  • Publisher of photo gets $9K from Republican Party and $6K from a blogger for copyright infringement
  • Barber shop owner sues Katina Powell, book publisher over 'false allegations'
  • Gawker, Publisher to Pay $25M in Punitive Damages in Hulk Hogan Lawsuit

Whispers and Warnings For 03/10/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 03/10/2016

  • Major publishers' e-book sales stagnate as overall market grows
  • Grad Suing Jefferson Law School: Attended Under 'False Pretenses'
  • At Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Trial, Gawker Rips Into Expert's "Cheerios Test"

Whispers and Warnings For 03/03/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 03/03/2016

  • This law is ridiculous!
  • Neat hobby!
  • This isn't surprising. We're seeing this trend, too.
  • A&M Publishing - NOT recommended by Victoria Strauss at Writer Beware

Whispers and Warnings For 02/25/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 02/25/2016

  • RPI Publications (a.k.a. Raider Publishing International, Purehaven Press, Parmenides Publishing, and Green Shore Publishing) is not recommended by Victoria Strauss at Writer Beware
  • IndieWriterSupport.com has been accused of copyright infringement, and of adding an advertisement to the end of the article
  • Amazon Pulls Serial Killer's Memoir
  • Legal battle over $1 million Star Trek fan film just got geeky
  • Copyright Law Basics For Fan Fiction Authors By Harvey Randall, Esq.

Whispers and Warnings For 02/19/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 02/19/2016

  • Survey finds 76% of children prefer print books
  • Author Solutions: A Poor Experience or Poor Choice?
  • More Author Solutions mayhem
  • Author Solutions and Friends: The Inside Story
  • Bad Writing Tips from Famous Authors - Eva Creerson
  • 2015 Sees Opening of 60 Indie Bookstores

Whispers and Warnings For 02/11/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 02/11/2016

  • Profit Engine: The Author Solutions Markup
  • Cassandra Clare sued for copyright infringement over Shadowhunter series
  • Emails appear to show how key aide manipulated media coverage
  • Freelance Mills, Cyberbullying, And Plagiarism, Oh My!

Whispers and Warnings For 02/04/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 02/04/2016

  • Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.
  • Who owns a tattoo? The wearer or the artist?
  • This should have been a criminal offense as well
  • Mom posts dancing baby with Prince song to YouTube, and sues after it gets taken down

Whispers and Warnings For 01/28/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 01/28/2016

  • Publisher Net Revenue from Book Sales Declined 2.0% Through Third Quarter of 2015
  • Turkish journalists face multiple life sentences over Syria report
  • 'Responsible journalism' is paper's defence in defamation trial
  • Lost Beatrix Potter story becomes bestseller months ahead of publication

Whispers and Warnings For 01/21/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 01/21/2016

  • Is My Legal Case Public Record?
  • Music companies sue Grand Isle bar, alleging copyright infringement
  • Detained Turkish reporters defiant over espionage claim
  • Man jailed for slandering ex-wife

Whispers and Warnings For 01/14/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 01/14/2016

  • $3M Suit Claims Holocaust Novel's Plot Was Stolen From Documentary
  • Philly high schooler gets lesson in hate after penning column on Missouri race friction
  • Appeals court upholds jury award in The Sun News defamation case
  • Al-Jazeera America to shut down after less than three years on air

Whispers and Warnings For 01/08/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 01/08/2016

  • Missouri lawmakers call for communication professor's firing after she (allegedly) threatened a reporter
  • Pennsylvania newsletter publisher to pay $1.75M for making workers clock out for bathroom
  • Book publisher seeks dismissal of defamation suit
  • Spotify Threatened With Another Class-Action Lawsuit As Disputes Over Royalties Intensify

Whispers and Warnings For 12/17/2015

Whispers and Warnings For 12/17/2015

  • Publisher to drop lawsuit against J.D. Salinger's kin after bid to sell short stories overseas
  • Hustler Has A $1 Million Offer Out On Ben Carson's Adviser For Proof Of Man-On-Man Harassment
  • Libel cases involving Twitter posts on rise in Japan
  • Obituary: Alabama lawyer's loss led to pivotal change in US defamation laws

Whispers and Warnings For 12/09/2015

  • Norway newspaper: Father Christmas 'dead'
  • Appeals Court Sides With Google In Battle Over 'Fraudulent' Search Listings
  • Pirate research-paper sites play hide-and-seek with publishers
  • Facebook link, ‘Like’ not defamation

Whispers and Warnings For 12/04/2015

Whispers and Warnings For 12/04/2015

  • Court Says Prisoner Can't Sue Newspaper For Not Publishing Vegas Gambling Odds
  • Authors side with Apple in e-book price-fixing Supreme Court appeal
  • Turkish court to decide if comparing Turkish president to 'Lord of the Rings' character Gollum is a crime
  • 'Spotlight' movie reveals how journalists really do their job

Whispers and Warnings For 11/28/2015

Whispers and Warnings For 11/28/2015

  • Law firm Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart is seeking authors who paid more than $10K for marketing services to POD publishers owned by Author Solutions
  • Lawyer: Women's photos in Powell's book had 'nothing to do with prostitution'
  • Kicking Copyright Pirates Off the Internet Gains Traction
  • A bad review is not libelous

Whispers and Warnings For 11/10/2015

Whispers and Warnings For 11/10/2015

  • Missouri protesters try to block student reporter from taking photos
  • The Definition Game
  • Will the real monkey who snapped those famous selfies please stand up?
  • Will Eisner and the Secret History of the Graphic Novel

Whispers and Warnings For 11/05/2015

Whispers and Warnings For 11/05/2015

  • Amazon Opens Its First Bookstore as Extension of Website
  • Blogger killed in Bangladesh, three others wounded, police say
  • Jury awards T.J. Simers $7.1 million from LA Times
  • Publisher of Denver's OUT FRONT magazine sues billboard giant over adoption of similar name, logo
  • Online publishers sue Louisiana over 'age verification' law

Whispers and Warnings For 10/29/2015

Whispers and Warnings For 10/29/2015

  • How German Publishers Deal With Amazon
  • Complaint posted about Crystal Publishing LLC
  • YouTube Authors Storm the Bestseller List
  • Lawsuit against Santa Fe author settled

Whispers and Warnings For 10/21/2015

Whispers and Warnings For 10/21/2015

  • Alert from the National Writers Union
  • Sheriff's Office Must Pay Newsletter more than $100K
  • Amazon Cracks Down on More Than 1,000 Alleged Fake Reviewers
  • Sale Raises Hopes for Reviving The Village Voice
  • Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro Sued for Robert Durst Tell-All That ‘Aggrandized’ and Fudged Facts

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