Whispers And Warnings For July 23rd

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Links to the stories below can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9381

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE!
A Look at Copyright Myths We Need to Work Together to Kill. Now.
“Copyright myths remain a common plague on small press publishing, self-publishing, and freelance writing and art despite the ease of accessibility to reliable sources online…”

WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS. TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING IS *NOT* A GOOD DEAL FOR MOST AUTHORS.
Traditional publishing is ‘no longer fair or sustainable’, says Society of Authors
“Chief executive of 9,000-member UK group argues that while ‘authors’ earnings are going down generally, those of publishers are increasing.'”

I’LL SAY IT AGAIN! YOU CAN’T USE SONGS (NOT EVEN LYRICS) WITHOUT PERMISSION!!
YouTube star Michelle Phan sued over copyright
Ultra Records claims “she has used about 50 of their songs without permission in her YouTube videos and on her own website.”

THAT CHARACTER LOOKS NOTHING LIKE LINDSAY LOHAN!
7 hilarious reasons celebrities have sued video game companies
“How many celebrities have brought legal action against oblivious, unsuspecting, or secretly sneaky game publishers?”

DID ANYBODY REALLY THINK HACHETTE WOULD BE THE ONLY VICTIM? YOU CAN BET ALL THE BIG PUBLISHERS ARE IN AMAZON’S SIGHTS!
Amazon Now In Talks With Simon & Schuster Over E-book Profit-sharing
“Amazon.com, Inc. has begun talks with book publisher Simon & Schuster, Inc., a division of CBS Corp. (CBS: Quote) over e-book pricing and profit sharing…”

PUBLISHER WINS LAWSUIT FILED OVER MEMOIR
Court Dismisses $1 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Publisher
“Skyhorse Publishing and Author Fred Stoller Win Seinfeld Related Defamation Lawsuit Brought by Kenny Kramer, the Real Life ‘Cosmo Kramer.'”

DON’T USE ANOTHER AUTHOR’S FICTIONAL CHARACTERS IN YOUR BOOK!
Sherlock Holmes and the mystery of copyright
“The estate has been attempting to block a California lawyer and Holmes fancier, Leslie S. Klinger, from publishing a new book about the two characters unless he is willing to get a license from the estate and pay a fee.”

Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9381

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