Morning Links: Freelance Scramble. Blueprint for digital afterlife

By Joanna Cabot
April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Freelance Scramble Part Three: The Unthinkable (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) The freelance scramble happens when the cash doesn’t flow the way that a writer expects it too. Longtime freelancers have learned the dance that I call the freelance scramble, which is mostly about replacing expected [...]

Morning Links: Kobo Glo HD worth upgrading? Crowd-funding challenges

By Joanna Cabot
April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Is the Kobo Glo HD Worth the Upgrade? (GoodeReader) Today, we ask the question, is the upcoming Kobo Glo HD a must buy? *** So You Want to Read Up on Hillary Clinton (Book Riot) Consider this your Hillary Clinton roundup source. *** Australia Considers New Copyright Law That Could Be Interpreted To [...]

Should Copyright Live Forever?

By Joanna Cabot
March 25, 2015 // 4 Comments

We’ve probably all seen that little graph which was making the rounds last year, which showed that longer copyright terms—thought to protect authors and make them more money—can actually make authors LESS money by keeping legitimate works out of the marketplace. Techdirt has a [...]

Morning Links: Amazon friend or foe? It’s complicated. Worst ebook cover art

By Joanna Cabot
March 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Worst eBook Cover Art- March 2015 (GoodeReader) Self-published authors normally forgo the expense of hiring a professional graphics designer to do their e-book cover art and elect to do it themselves. Sometimes it works out, but most of the time the end result can make you shake your head in [...]

Weekend Links: Harper Lee’s agent disputes elder abuse claim. Publishers posted solid 2014 gains

By Joanna Cabot
March 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Publishers Posted Solid 2014 Sales Gains (PW) Driven by gains in the children’s/young adult and K–12 instructional materials segments, publishers’ sales hit $15.72 billion in 2014, up 4.9% over the previous year, according to the Association of American Publishers’ StatShot program. *** [...]

Morning Links: Reading slump? Dealing with modern stress more than unplugging

By Joanna Cabot
March 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

My Annual Winter Reading Slump (Book Riot) To be more accurate, I should say that it is a post-holiday reading slump. It has happened, to varying degrees, for several years now. *** Why it Takes More Than Unplugging to Solve Modern Stress (Media Shift) Survey after survey finds that we believe [...]

Tales from the ‘Whacky Copyright Stories’ Crypt

By Joanna Cabot
March 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Our friends at Techdirt have a great write-up about yet another bizarre little copyright story: musical group Hall & Oates is suing a health food company over their granola cereal, branded as ‘Haulin’ Oats.’ The granola, a maple-flavoured cereal, is being challenged because it [...]

Morning Links: Is your business a hobby? Konrath on copyright

By Joanna Cabot
March 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Is Your Business Just a Hobby? (The Simple Dollar) It makes a big difference to the IRS. Here’s how to distinguish the two. *** On Copyright Again (Joe Konrath) Last summer I wrote about the need to reform copyright. The points I made then are still relevant and valid, but I wanted to add a [...]

Grim and gritty Power Rangers fan film brings fanfic back into legal spotlight

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A new legal battle over fanfic might be shaping up. In the last couple of days, music video director Joseph Kahn and producer Adi Shankar released a 15-minute short film reimagining Power Rangers as a grim and gritty dark future drama a la Pacific Rim. The film stars name actors, including James [...]

More Big Media behind-the-scenes bullying on view as Google takes regulatory payola to court

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

Fresh evidence of Big Media tactics to push its IP agenda in private and through back  channels, including both lobbying and far more questionable practices, has been pushed into the spotlight by Google, which has taken Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood to court to forestall what it sees as [...]

Trans-Pacific Partnership still pushing to screw your rights in secret

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chris Meadows reported almost a year ago to the day on the invidious attempts by US trade negotiators in hock to Big Media vested interests to impose onerous copyright, intellectual property, and public domain restrictions worldwide via the Trans-Pacific Partnership – in secret, without [...]

Harper Lee to publish sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird after 55 years

By Chris Meadows
February 3, 2015 // 10 Comments

For fifty-five years, To Kill a Mockingbird has been the only novel that Harper Lee published. It was successful enough that she simply didn’t need to publish another one. That one book, published 55 years ago, has kept her comfortable for the rest of her life. But it turns out that To Kill a [...]

Cory Doctorow speaks on self-publishing, Amazon, DRM, Hachette, and a whole lot else besides

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

Cory Doctorow came over to Budapest at the invitation of the Center for Media, Data and Society of Central European University to speak on policing computers and other issues. In the course of a fascinating interview with me, he shared a slew of observations on a great many issues, many of which [...]

Morning Links: Intellectual property myths. Wikipedia expands auto-translation

By Joanna Cabot
January 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

On Loving the Library While Building Your Own (Book Riot) So what happened to transform me from an avid library-goer to someone who doesn’t even know where her library card is? *** 10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law (Lifehacker) How well do you understand copyright and [...]

Happy birthday J.R.R. Tolkien – but doesn’t ring in any public domain riches

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 5, 2015 // 2 Comments

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3rd, 1892, and his long and richly productive life ended on September 2nd, 1973. That longevity, however, also means that enthusiasts are having to wait a very long time indeed for any of his great body of work to find its way into the public domain. As [...]

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