Ellora’s Cave sues Dear Author over ‘defamatory’ blog post

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2014 // 1 Comment

Well, that was unexpected. The saga of Ellora’s Cave has been chronicled over the last few months, and especially over the last few weeks, on various e-book blogs I read. For example, from The Passive Voice: Ellora’s Cave The mysterious case of the missing royalty checks from Ellora’s Cave [...]

Aretha Franklin sues satire site over viral fake news story

By Chris Meadows
April 17, 2014 // 2 Comments

If you spend much time on social media, you’ve seen those stories show up in your friend feed—a satirical piece that someone assumed was true. Sometimes it’s easy to catch, if it comes from a known satire site like The Onion or Duffelblog (though Duffelblog may not be as familiar to people [...]

Blackberry files suit over Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo keyboard case

By Chris Meadows
January 3, 2014 // 3 Comments

Remember that “Typo” Bluetooth iPhone keyboard case backed by Hollywood’s Ryan Seacrest? It essentially grafts a BlackBerry style keyboard onto an iPhone. Well, it turns out that BlackBerry is not amused that the Typo is effectively a rip-off of the iconic keyboard design from their [...]

GoldieBlox ‘Girls’ controversy resurfaces as Beastie Boys file suit

By Chris Meadows
December 11, 2013 // 5 Comments

If you thought the Beastie Boys’ tiff with GoldieBlox over the “Girls” parody used in their toy commercial was over when GoldieBlox dropped the song from the commercial and said they would drop their lawsuit (though as TechDirt points out, they technically, um, never actually did), better [...]

The Apple e-book decision reaction roundup: Schadenfreude a go-go!

By Chris Meadows
July 12, 2013 // 4 Comments

It’s been pretty fun, not to mention instructive, to read the various reactions to the e-book verdict over the last day or so. Sometimes it feels like I’ve wandered into a production of Rashomon. For example, AllThingsD summarizes the thoughts of anti-trust lawyers it asked for comment: Apple [...]

Apple, Amazon bury hatchet over ‘App Store’ trademark

By Chris Meadows
July 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

In a rare case of a corporations actually coming to their senses, Apple and Amazon have agreed to settle their 2011 lawsuit over whether Amazon could use the term “app store.” Both Apple and Amazon will continue to be able to use the name for their stores where applications for their respective [...]

Why Apple is still fighting the DoJ

By Chris Meadows
June 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

The Wall Street Journal has a look at why Apple is so persistent in fighting the Department of Justice charges after the publishers already settled. It basically comes down to not having its ability to negotiate with other media businesses hampered, not having to get rid of its “most favored [...]

Penguin wants Author Solutions lawsuit dismissed

By Chris Meadows
June 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Author Solutions, Penguin’s self-publishing imprint, has been a bit controversial for a while. Last year an anonymous poster claiming to be an AS employee had some pretty damning things to say about the company’s business practices. Last July, Penguin bought the self-publishing firm, shocking [...]

Apple anti-trust case hinges on ‘Most Favored Nation’ clause

By Chris Meadows
June 7, 2013 // 1 Comment

In case you hadn’t noticed, the trial of Apple on serving as the ringleader for the agency pricing trust has just closed out its first week, with an expected two more to go. Fortune has a decent recap of the issues at stake, as well as some cogent analysis of why this case could very well go to [...]

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