Whispers and Warnings

NEW COMPLAINTS ABOUT TATE PUBLISHING

NEW COMPLAINTS ABOUT TATE PUBLISHING

NUMEROUS complaints about Tate Publishing are HERE, and HERE, and HERE. Don’t miss this plethora of information…

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

Feds spend $125,000 studying sexist adjectives “‘For example, in a masculine work domain where women are…

RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN?

Facebook questions use of ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling “The May 2014 ruling, made by the…

WHY YOUR WIFI NEEDS A GOOD PASSWORD!

In high-stakes copyright suit, Cox’s “top infringers” beg for privacy Accused pirate: “I have mild Alzheimer’s/dementia…

WOW, THEIR EXCUSES ARE LAME!

Simply Read Books Faces Complaints of Late Payments, Breached Contracts “A group of Canadian children’s book…

A VERY SAD STORY

Whistle blower: Taking down two media giants “Paul Winkler was never one to easily tear up,…

Whispers And Warnings For March 18th

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 RELATED: Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE. …

Whispers And Warnings For January 7th

THE PUBLICATION'S OFFICE WAS ALSO FIREBOMBED BACK IN 2011 At least 12 dead in Islamist terror attack at satirical French publication "Black-clad gunmen shouting 'Allahu Akbar!' stormed the Paris offices of a satirical publication known for lampooning Islam Wednesday, killing 12 and injuring as many as 15 before escaping, French officials said." RELATED: Prophet Mohammed in cartoons: a history "Following deadly Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine which published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2011 and 2012, we round up recent controversies over depictions of the Prophet in cartoons." SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON HARPERCOLLINS!!! Publisher pulls atlas that omits Israel "The Tablet, a London-based Catholic weekly, had reported that Collins Bartholomew was citing 'local preferences' for leaving out Israel from the 'Collins Primary Geography Atlas For The Middle East.'" THE SAYS THE STORY ISN'T THE REASON HE LEFT. YEAH, RIGHT... Rolling Stone Libel Lawyer Leaves Wenner Media "As Rolling Stone…

Whispers And Warnings For October 8th

THERE'S NOTHING I ENJOY MORE THAN A CREATIVE HEADLINE!! 'Screwing' author allegedly screwed by publisher "The author of 'Creative Screwing: A Woman's Guide to Becoming an Erotic Enchantress of Superlustful Sex' filed a lawsuit accusing her publisher of screwing her out of royalties." Alan Leddon dba Spero Publishing is accused of "refus(ing) to send any more royalties, and stated he would retain all royalties in a separate interest-bearing savings account until plaintiff was off parole." CONTINUED KUDOS TO HACHETTE FOR FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT! BOOK PRICES SHOULD BE BASED ON HOW MUCH READERS ARE WILLING TO PAY, NOT BASED ON THE LARGEST ONLINE RETAILER'S DEMANDS. How Amazon's Ugly Fight With A Publisher Actually Started "Hachette's ebook sales have declined, but it remains determined to price its own e-books and loosen Amazon's grip on the market." RELATED - WE (BOOKLOCKER.COM) SUED AMAZON, AND WON. Read more about that here: http://antitrust.booklocker.com/ ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MUSIC PUBLISHER GETS SUED EMI Sued In Foreign Royalties Dispute With Monkees Songwriter "EMI Music Publishing is facing a new lawsuit alleging a musician has been cheated over royalties on foreign sales." I'LL SAY IT AGAIN. IF YOU DON'T WANT N*DE PHOTOS OF YOURSELF POSTED ONLINE, KEEP YOUR CLOTHES ON! AND, IF YOU DON'T, DO NOT UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS TO CLOUD! DUMB, DUMB, DUMB! Google threatened with $100M lawsuit over nude celebrity photos, but case appears weak "A law firm representing 'over a dozen female celebrities' who had their Apple iCloud accounts hacked is now taking aim at Google, saying the search giant faces massive liability for its alleged role in the distribution of private nude photos."…

Whispers And Warnings For October 1st

WOW! DAMAGES REDUCED FROM $7.5M to $750K U.S. judge reduces copyright verdict against ex-MP3tunes chief "A U.S. judge on Monday reduced a $48 million (29.57 million pounds) copyright infringement verdict against the former chief executive of defunct online music storage firm MP3tunes, the latest turn in long running court battles between the music industry and online content providers." DOES THIS MAKE ALL PUBLICATION OF NUDITY IN AZ ILLEGAL...OR NOT? ACLU sues over Arizona 'revenge p*rn' bill "The civil rights group said the law can make any person who distributes or displays a nude image without explicit permission guilty of a felony. The group says that violates the First Amendment..." AND, FOR TODAY'S DIRTY GOSSIP... Publishing Tycoon Sues His Upper East Side Neighbors After Failing To Sell His $25 Million Townhouse "Retired publishing tycoon Dick Snyder is suing his neighbors Meredith and Bryan Verona for $60 million after he was unable to sell his mansion..." THE PUBLISHING STORY THAT NEVER ENDS... Judge approves Apple e-books price-fixing settlement "Apple's agreement to pay $400 million to consumers depends on the outcome of its appeal..." (ALLEGEDLY) USING SOMEONE ELSE'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WITHOUT PERMISSION IS JUST PLAIN DUMB Universal Music Group Slaps Monster With Beastie Boys Lawsuit "Reuters is reporting that a pair of Universal Music Group units are suing Monster Beverage Corp. for sampling several songs co-owned by rap-rock icons the Beastie Boys, who won a similar lawsuit against the drink maker earlier this year..." LIBEL LAWS VARY ACROSS THE GLOBE Woman in the Philippines sued for 'libelous' posts on Facebook "A woman is facing libel charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after she allegedly posted derogatory statements in the social networking site Facebook against a man who owed her money in 2013."…