Whispers And Warnings For June 18th

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Links to the stories below can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9374

THIS WASN’T A SURPRISE
Gossip site wins appeal of cheerleader’s libel lawsuit
“A former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader should not have been allowed to sue an Arizona-based gossip website over online posts about her sexual history, an appeals court ruled Monday in a case watched closely by Internet giants including Google and Facebook.”

WHEN DMCA TAKEDOWN NOTICES ARE ABUSED
Wordpress hits false DMCA takedown with demand for $10k
“One area where we’ve seen a number of problems is the censoring of criticism through abuse of copyright law…. A common form of censorship by copyright stems from improper use of legal creations called DMCA takedown notices. The DMCA system works pretty well, but has a few overlooked flaws that have made it too easy to abuse.” – WordPress general counsel Paul Sieminski

LINKEDIN SUED FOR THEIR UNRELENTING “SPAMVITATIONS”
Email Invites From LinkedIn Criticized As Sp*m, Lawsuit Filed
“The complaint is based on the LinkedIn feature that invites new users to ‘Connect with people you know’ as well as to existing users to ‘See who you already know.’ It makes matches based on users’ email address books and then emails the contacts with automated emails – and worse, it follows up twice!”

CAN WE ALL JUST GET ALONG, AND MOVE ON?
Apple, States Settle E-Book Damages Phase
“In a major turn of events, attorneys for the plaintiff states and consumer class informed Judge Denise Cote on Monday that they have reached a tentative settlement with Apple on monetary damages.”

INTERESTING THAT IT’S ILLEGAL FOR GROUPS TO LIE DURING POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS…BUT POLITICIANS GET AWAY WITH IT ON A DAILY BASIS.
Supreme Court Delivers Key Free Speech Decision
“This decision affirms the principle that a person, organization or business should not have to risk prosecution to challenge the constitutionality of a law,” said David Horowitz, executive director of Media Coalition…

Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9374

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