Whispers And Warnings For May 22nd

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Authors Sue Self-Publishing Service Author Solutions (a.k.a. AuthorHouse, Xlibris, iUniverse, Trafford, WordClay, et. al.)
“Three authors have filed suit against self-publishing service provider Author Solutions, and its parent company Penguin, airing a laundry list of complaints and alleging the company is engaged in deceitful, dubious business practices.” The suit seeks class actions status.

Facebook and ad agency sued for (alleged) copyright infringement of song
Stems from a commercial that aired on Facebook last month.

Blogger better be a billionaire, says ‘open access’ publisher lawsuit
At issue is a list (allegedly) by Beall “identifying his assessment of the worth of different journal publishers.”

U.S. Now Paints Apple as ‘Ringmaster’ in Its Lawsuit on E-Book Price-Fixing
“(An) e-mail, from Steve Jobs of Apple to James Murdoch of News Corporation, reads as if one old sport were trying to cajole another into joining a caper: ‘Throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.'”

Apple Blames Book Publishers in E-Books Antitrust Lawsuit
“Apple said the publishers had decided, independent of Apple, to eliminate discounts on wholesale book prices of e-books…”

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