Whispers And Warnings For March 12th

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Links to the stories below can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9357

BEING A JOURNALIST IS A HEROIC ACT IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD
Media in Venezuela under attack for coverage of unrest – “With the anti-government protests entering their second month in Venezuela, the media have come under severe attack by the Maduro administration and its supporters as they try to cover the volatile events unfolding in the South American nation.”

ISN’T THIS BLACKMAIL/EXTORTION?
Taxi publication threatens to expose gay aldermen over rideshare issue – “A local taxi-industry trade publication has threatened to out five aldermen unless demands to stop the ridesharing industry in Chicago are met.”

YOU CAN’T USE SOMEONE ELSE’S CREATIVE WORK WITHOUT PERMISSION!
Kona artist sues online publisher – “Brad ‘Tiki Shark’ Parker learned a few months ago that his ‘Forbidden Island’ painting had been uploaded to CafePress, a website that allows users to customize shirts, mugs, bags and a variety of other items. Art is automatically copyrighted, Parker said, so no one should be able to print his work without his permission Û and without him getting paid.”

WHY DIDN’T THEY SUE THE PERSON WHO RAN THE AD?
Newspaper sued over rental ad prohibiting children – “The Oregon state labor agency has sued a weekly Junction City newspaper over a rental ad that prohibited families with children.”

JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE IN THE U.S. DOESN’T MEAN YOUR (ALLEGED) FOREIGN VICTIM CAN’T SUE YOU
Lawsuit: Univision newscaster’s book had false ID – “A Guatemalan man claims in a lawsuit that Univision news host Jorge Ramos wrongly identified him as an U.S. immigration agent in a 2005 book about a fatal migrant smuggling venture, prompting death threats and forcing the man and his family to leave Guatemala. The lawsuit filed last month in Miami-Dade Circuit Court seeks unspecified damages from Ramos and HarperCollins Publishers…”

ANOTHER PLAINTIFF GETS SLAPPED BY THE ANTI-SLAPP STATUTE
Court throws out Ann Rule’s defamation court case – “A defamation lawsuit file by Ann Rule against an Eagle Creek man who wrote a scathing article about the queen of true crime has been dismissed. King County Superior Court Judge Laura Inveen dismissed Rule’s case against Rick Swart and the weekly newspaper in Seattle that published his article, citing Washington state’s anti-SLAPP statute. Seattle Weekly published Swart’s article titled ‘Ann Rule’s Sloppy Storytelling’ in 2011…”

SO, YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO BE AN HEIR TO SUE ON BEHALF OF THE DECEASED ANYMORE?! IF THIS IS TRUE, THE LAWYER SHOULD BE DISBARRED.
KISS Lawsuit Filed Without Carr Family Support – “The lawsuit filed against Kiss in respect of royalties allegedly unpaid to Eric Carr was filed without the support or knowledge of the late drummer’s heirs.”

Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9357