Amazon KDP/CreateSpace publishing poor-quality, ILLEGAL copies of books?; Employees say drunk publisher scared them; Racist idiot alert; and more! – WritersWeekly Whispers and Warnings for 02/20/19

Amazon KDP/CreateSpace publishing poor-quality, ILLEGAL copies of books?; Employees say drunk publisher scared them; Racist idiot alert; and more! – WritersWeekly Whispers and Warnings for 02/20/19

Amazon KDP/CreateSpace accused of copyright infringement (and printing poor quality copies at that!). Hey, Amazon, that’s what happens when you’ll publish anything and everything!
Amazon caught selling counterfeits of publisher’s computer books—again
“Other people posted pictures of other No Starch books that had been counterfeited through Amazon, including books that had pages poorly cut. What’s even crazier is that this isn’t the first time this has happened. The books were easy to distinguish from No Starch’s production runs because of the poorer quality of the paper and binding…” and “Book pirating through CreateSpace has continued unabated.”

Well, you knew it would happen eventually!
Digital advertising to surpass print, TV for the first time, report says
“This year, the money spent on digital advertising in the United States will surpass that on traditional ads for the first time, according to forecasts by eMarketer, representing a landmark inversion of how advertisers budget their resources and highlighting the rise of digital media as platforms to seek consumers’ attention.”

You can incur a BIG liability when reposting (and embellishing) fake news.
Covington student sues WASH POST for $250 MILLION…
“The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Kentucky, accused The Post of practicing ‘a modern-day form of McCarthyism’ by targeting Nicholas Sandmann and ‘using its vast financial resources to enter the bully pulpit by publishing a series of false and defamatory print and
online articles … to smear a young boy who was in its view an acceptable casualty in their war against the president.'”

RACIST IDIOT ALERT!
Pressure mounts on Alabama publisher after he urges KKK to ‘ride again’
“Alabama elected officials and journalism organizations condemned as hateful on Tuesday a small town newspaper’s editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to ‘ride again,’ as pressure mounted on the publisher to resign.”

Sorry, Carlton 🙁
Feds tell Alfonso Ribeiro he can’t copyright ‘Carlton’ moves
“The document denying the copyright says the moves in the ‘Carlton’ represent a simple dance routine rather than a work of choreography, which can be copyrighted.”

Shouldn’t reporters just stay out of Iran altogether??
Reporter Jason Rezaian reveals ‘torture’ he endured in Iranian prison
“Rezaian, who was held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison for 18 months on accusations of espionage and related charges before his release in January 2016, has sued Iran in U.S. federal court, alleging he received such ‘physical mistreatment and severe psychological abuse … that he will never be the same.’ He also has written a memoir about his experience, ‘Prisoner,’ which was published last month.”

I hope they contacted Child Protective Services.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staffers say ‘intoxicated’ publisher threatened them
“They describe the publisher as ‘intoxicated’ and say he threatened to fire employees while roughly handling his weeping 12-year-old daughter, who was trying to escape the scene.”

Who wants to do business with a schmuck like this?!
Second AJ Finn novel on way despite Dan Mallory scandal, says publisher
“Mallory, who wrote the bestselling thriller The Woman in the Window under the pseudonym AJ Finn, admitted in a statement this week in response to an extensive New Yorker investigation that ‘on numerous occasions in the past, I have stated, implied, or allowed others to believe that I was afflicted with a physical malady instead of a psychological one: cancer, specifically’.”

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