Whispers And Warnings For June 11th

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ANOTHER CONTENT MILL BITES THE DUST. (GOOD RIDDANCE!)
Writing Life: Goodbye, Helium
“Helium announced it’s own demise recently, hardly surprising to hundreds of excellent writers who had already left in droves.”

THE SLOW DEMISE OF TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING
Hachette Book Group lays off 3% of its staff.
“Hachette says the layoffs were planned before its recent standoff with Amazon.com.”

AMAZON WON’T STOP UNTIL MILLIONS OF CUSTOMERS REVOLT
Colbert assails Amazon over delayed book shipments
“Saying that he’s not just mad at Amazon, but ‘mad prime,’ Colbert assailed the online retailer on his Comedy Central program Wednesday night.”

WALMART…AND THE WALMART OF THE INTERNET (AMAZON)
Walmart Cashes In On Amazon’s Feud With French Publisher Hachette
“As a result of discounted titles filling the vacuum left by Amazon, Walmart has reported an increase of 70 percent in sales as of Tuesday. Other booksellers are following suite.”

THE GOVERNMENT SUES A BLOGGER SO HE GETS FIRED FROM HIS GOVERNMENT JOB
Singapore blogger sued by PM for libel fired from job
“A Singaporean blogger sued by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for libel has been fired from his job as a healthcare worker (for a government-run hospital) for ‘improper public conduct’, his employer said Tuesday.”

IT’S ABOUT TIME!
Twenty Years Later, Landmark Digital Lawsuit Concludes
“Judge George Daniels yesterday approved a revised $18 million settlement in In Re Literary Works in Electronic Databases, culminating 20 years of litigation that began with the landmark Tasini vs. New York Times case.”

WE ARE WITNESSING THE THE DISSOLUTION OF COPYRIGHTS
Second Circuit Upholds HathiTrust Verdict
“In its decision Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit upheld Baer’s fair use analysis, holding that the scanning of entire works for the purpose of creating a full-text searchable database is ‘a quintessentially transformative use.’ The court also held that scanning entire works-and, indeed creating multiple copies of those works-was also permissible.”

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