Whispers and Warnings For 09/29/2015

Whispers and Warnings For 09/29/2015

This comes as NO surprise to us, nor to many others in the industry!
The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead
“But the digital apocalypse never arrived, or at least not on schedule. While analysts once predicted e-books would overtake print by 2015, digital sales have instead slowed sharply.”

Be thankful for our freedoms as authors and publishers in the U.S.!
Publisher fails Federal Court battle to nullify Selangor Shariah law in book seizure case
“The Federal Court (in Malaysia) dismissed today a publisher’s legal challenge against a Selangor state law that religious authorities had used to seize a book they deemed to be un-Islamic.”

Libel lawsuits are more common overseas.
Mozambique journalist, academic acquitted of libel charges stemming from 2013 Facebook post
“A lawyer representing an academic and a journalist said they have been acquitted of libel charges stemming from a Facebook post criticizing Mozambique’s former president.”

Using someone else’s fictional character in a movie can be very expensive!
‘Mr. Holmes’ Lawsuit Reaches Settlement, Says Arthur Conan Doyle Estate Attorney
“The attorney for the estate of Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle said they have reached an agreement in principle with the makers of the recent Sherlock Holmes movie ‘Mr. Holmes,’ which the estate claimed infringed on stories that still remain under copyright.”

The plaintiff failed to prove malice. This was a dumb lawsuit!
Libel lawsuit dismissed against local blogger
“A judge has dismissed the libel lawsuit filed by former Knox County GOP chair Ruthie Kuhlman against local political blogger Brian Hornback, also a former local Republican Party chair who owns and writes for ‘Shock and Awe.'”