Whispers And Warnings For April 2nd

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http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9361

NEW, COURAGEOUS PUBLISHER MOVES FORWARD, 27 YEARS AFTER INITIAL LEGAL BATTLE
The book Scientology tried to ban
“To Scientologists, founder L. Ron Hubbard is a larger-than-life figure – a war hero, philosopher and humanitarian. But the real man was a dissembling, emotional wreck who made up most of his legendary exploits out of whole cloth, writes British journalist Russell Miller. (The book) was successfully printed everywhere but in the US, where, after two years of litigation, Miller’s American publisher threw in the towel…”

RIDICULOUS! SOME TRADITIONAL PUBLISHERS THINK THEY OWN EBOOK RIGHTS BASED ON CONTRACTS THAT WERE SIGNED DECADES BEFORE EBOOKS EXISTED
You can’t buy that! The great e-book royalty war
“A backstage battle between publishers and authors over royalties may be limiting which e-books you can buy…”

NO, YOU CAN’T USE STOCK PHOTOS FOR ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING, WHICH IS WHY YOU SHOULD ONLY HIRE AN EXPERIENCED DESIGNER!
Judge Allows Woman to Sue Over HIV Portrayal in Photo
“A woman depicted as an HIV victim in a state public service announcement can sustain a civil rights lawsuit against the stock photo company that provided her picture to the government agency, a Manhattan judge has held.”

WHY PUBLIC OFFICIALS HAVE A TOUGHER TIME WINNING LIBEL LAWSUITS
At 50, landmark libel case relevant in digital age
“In the decades since, the justices have extended the decision, making it tough for celebrities, politicians and other public figures to win libel suits.”

NO, YOU CAN’T USE SOMEONE’S PHOTO WITHOUT PERMISSION, EVEN IF IT’S NOT FOR PROFIT
Split decision in gay couple lawsuit over photo
“U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Daniel agreed the photo’s use was noncommercial and a matter of legitimate public concern. However, he also ruled the couple and their photographer have a possible copyright infringement claim.”

Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9361