Whispers And Warnings For August 27th

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Links to the stories below can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9386

ADMIT IT. THE HEADLINE MAKES YOU SMILE!
CBS Being Sued Over Bert the Farting Hippo
“Folkmanis, Inc., which manufactured the original stuffed animal used as Bert, is suing CBS and affiliated companies, alleging that the network has been selling unlicensed Bert the Farting Hippo toys manufactured by a company in China…”

YES, EVEN BOOK REVIEWERS GET SUED!
Architect sues The New York Review of Books Over Article by Critic Martin Fuller
“Mr. Filler wrote a review of a 370-page book on architecture in which Ms. Hadid’s name is mentioned in fewer than 20 pages. Mr. Filler’s book review, by contrast, mentions Ms. Hadid in nearly two-thirds of its paragraphs…”

APPARENTLY, GOOGLE IS EXPECTED TO COMPLY WITH EVERY COUNTRY’S LAWS
Google Autocomplete’s Brushes With Libel
“Can an automated Google feature that ostensibly helps users with a search be a basis for libel? Courts in Germany, Italy and Hong Kong have had to field that question…”

IS RE-ENACTING NON-FICTION COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT?
‘Deep Throat’ production company loses ‘Lovelace’ copyright case
“While Arrow Productions complained that ‘Lovelace’ copied three key scenes from the 1972 film, Griesa concluded that the recreation constituted fair use under federal copyright law.”

WHEN YOU THREATEN A LAW FIRM THAT SPECIALIZED IN COPYRIGHT CASES…YOU BETTER HAVE YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!
Getty Images Sued Over Settlement Demand Letter: ‘Unfair, Deceptive Scheme,’ Copyright Lawyers Claim
“Known for demanding payment from unsuspecting web publishers, Getty Images was slapped with a lawsuit for “deceptive business practices. IP Law Group claims it never displayed the Getty-owned image on its website. Rather, the texting-woman photo was syndicated through a plugin operated by Zemanta Inc., a software company that provides third-party content to Web publishers.”

Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9386

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