Whispers And Warnings For May 28th

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Links to the stories below can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9370

I’M PRETTY SURE IT’S MORE ABOUT AMAZON’S BOTTOM LINE THAN IT IS ABOUT THE CUSTOMER…
Amazon Breaks Silence on Contentious Hachette Dispute
“Amazon broke its silence over the ongoing dispute with Hachette Book Group on Tuesday night with a post seeking to put the ecommerce company on the side of consumers.”

DOTH GOOGLE PROTEST TOO MUCH?
Will ‘Evidence’ Show Google Stole Money From Publishers?
“Media coverage has been highly skeptical of the allegations, which Google has dismissed as ‘complete fiction,’ but the suit remains, and the ‘leaker’ claims to have plenty of evidence of the company’s guilt.”

WHEN LARGE COMPANIES DO REALLY STUPID THINGS!
Beastie Boys fight for rights to songs in trial vs. Monster Beverage Corp (the energy drink company)
“The Beastie Boys had made a choice years ago to not license their music to promote commercial products like the caffeine-filled drink sold by Monster, which was required to seek a license.” Monster didn’t, and used the music anyway.

IF THIS ALLEGATION IS TRUE, SHAME ON THE DEFENDANTS
Spike Lee Sued Over Movie Poster Designer
“Garcia claims copyright infringement as well as the more rare claim of a violation under 17 U.S.C. 1202. The latter claim has to do with the alleged alteration of copyright management information.”

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER ACCUSATION AGAINST A NETWORK FOR AN ALLEGED STOLEN IDEA
Marilyn Monroe Impersonator Sues Dreamworks For $10 Million
“She claimed that the show Smash stole her idea and even featured many of her story lines including Monroe ghost appearances and situations with characters and their boyfriends. Weiss said the plot, wardrobe and even the overall theme of Smash is stolen from her.”

Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9370