Whispers And Warnings For March 26th

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Links to the stories below can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9359

SERIOUSLY? ISN’T THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS LONG GONE?
Moby Sued Over 22-Year-Old Song Samples
“VMG Salsoul, a New York-based disco and funk record label, is attempting to once again rewind the clock to a time when sampling might have been a more legally-loose endeavor.”

I PREFER CASH TO AN AMAZON CREDIT!
Amazon customers are the beneficiaries of the Apple ebook price-fixing settlement.
“Although the credits are being applied to Amazon customers accounts, the actual settlement is being paid by the publishers.”

I’M SURE WHATEVER WAS SAID IN COURT WAS ALSO IN THE PRE-TRIAL FILINGS. I WONDER WHY HE WAITED UNTIL THE FIRST DAY OF COURT TO RETREAT.
Vancouver man drops copyright lawsuit against director Cameron
“After the first day of hearings, Emil Malak, who filed the lawsuit in the Federal Court on Wednesday, dropped the case against Cameron for (allegedly) using his original screenplay in the blockbuster film Avatar…”

THEY WERE JUST ASKING FOR TROUBLE…
MP3tunes boss held liable in copyright case
“The jurors also found MP3tunes was willfully blind to copyright infringement on its website, in what a lawyer for the recording companies suggested before the verdict would be the first ruling by a jury of its kind.”

COME UP WITH AN ORIGINAL NAME, OR RISK LEGAL FEES LATER
Don’t Name Your New Business After a Will Ferrell Movie
“In Fort Worth, there’s a race car-themed restaurant called Ricky Bobby. In Austin, Tex., there’s a Bettie Page-themed hair salon. And a small East Tennessee coal mining town thinks it might attract tourists if it changes its name to Rocky Top. The problem with all three of these ideas has made itself obvious with recent legal filings: They’re all using names or icons that belong to someone else…”

AUTHORS NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THIS, TOO!
From Mocking To Hacking: How To Protect Your Digital Reputation
“None of us has complete privacy online, and no one has complete control over the information that appears about them. But VIPs face more pervasive threats to their privacy, and these threats are more likely to impact their physical security…”

IN FLORIDA, YOU NEED MORE THAN AN I.P. ADDRESS TO SUE SOMEONE
Malibu Media BitTorrent Case: Judge Says No, an IP Address is Not a Person
“Notorious copyright ‘p*rn troll’ Malibu Media LLC, an adult film company, struck out in a Florida court last week when a Florida District Court Judge determined that an IP address does not identify a specific single individual guilty of copyright infringement. US District Judge Ursula Ungaro dismissed the lawsuit that Malibu Media had filed against an alleged movie pirate at IP address 174.61.81.171.”

Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9359