Whispers and Warnings For 02/25/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 02/25/2016

Should you do business with someone who’s constantly changing their name? Probably not…
RPI Publications (a.k.a. Raider Publishing International, Purehaven Press, Parmenides Publishing, and Green Shore Publishing) is not recommended by Victoria Strauss at Writer Beware
“Raider Publishing International, the focus of numerous author complaints over the past few years and one of the companies on Writer Beware’s Thumbs Down Publishers List, is trolling for victims under a sort-of new name: RPI Publications…”

LOVE the Twitter exchange between the (alleged) infringer and the victim!
IndieWriterSupport.com has been accused of copyright infringement, and of adding an advertisement to the end of the article.

Shame on Outskirts Press for publishing this book!
Amazon Pulls Serial Killer’s Memoir
Robert Pickton, who was convicted in 2007 of killing six women in British Columbia, is not going to become a bestselling author…if Amazon has a say. The book was released by Colorado-based self-publisher Outskirts Press and carried a retail price of $14.95. The petition, from Change.org, calling for Amazon to stop selling the book, drew over 50,000 signatures in 24 hours.”

If you use somebody’s else’s storyline, name, or character(s), expect to get sued.
Legal battle over $1 million Star Trek fan film just got geeky
There’s an ongoing legal battle since last year between CBS, who owns the rights to put Star Trek on television, and a fan film called Axanar. The Axanar production team, headed up by Executive Producer Alec Peters, raised over $100,000 to make the fan short called Prelude to Axanar, then raised over an additional million dollars for the feature length follow-up.

See also:
Copyright Law Basics For Fan Fiction Authors By Harvey Randall, Esq.

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The Art and Craft of Writing and Editing

Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.

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