Whispers and Warnings For 06/24/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 06/24/2016

Non-humans might be able to register copyrights in the UK? REALLY?!?!
Robots allowed to trade money and claim copyright on their work under radical new EU plans – Mirror Online
“The growing intelligence of machines could require rethinking of everything from taxation to legal liability, the draft motion suggests…”

Did you get your credit yet?
Amazon is issuing credits to customers after settling a $400 million e-book lawsuit.
“Eligible customers made e-book purchases between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012. According to the terms of the settlement, consumers will receive a $6.93 credit for every e-book which was a New York Times bestseller, and a $1.57 credit for other e-books.”

Should companies be allowed to insert “gag” clauses in their contracts?
The right to gripe: States seek to protect negative online reviews
“Have you ever posted a negative review on a site like Yelp or TripAdvisor? It could be risky: Some businesses have inserted ‘gag clauses’ in the fine print of service agreements barring you from doing just that. Some have even threatened legal action against complaining customers or slapped them with financial penalties.”

The buyers did NOT inherit the lawsuit that had been filed against Johnson.
Justice Department investigation could affect lawsuit against Johnson Publishing
“When Johnson Publishing sold Ebony and Jet last month to Texas private equity firm Clear View Group, it retained at least one vestige of the magazines — a $5 million defamation lawsuit related to the high-profile death of Georgia teenager Kendrick Johnson.”

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