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Ellora’s Cave author Ann Jacobs files request to intervene in Dear Author lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

When I last mentioned erotica e-book publisher Ellora’s Cave, in the context of discussing a Guardian story about the popularity of erotica e-books, some commenters remarked on the lack of mention of the ongoing lawsuit between Ellora’s Cave and romance blog Dear Author. I hadn’t brought it [...]

Connor Cochran rebuts Internet troll’s allegations over Conlan Press product delays

By Chris Meadows
December 8, 2014 // 6 Comments

Update (9/1/2015): The below story is a little out-of-date at this point, but not quite enough has come to light for a whole new post on the matter, so I’m updating this story for the sake of anyone who stumbles across it in Google. In the months that followed the publication of the original [...]

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 [...]

Robinson-Patman, Amazon, the publishers, and the ABA: Where’s the lawsuit? (Updated)

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

Two different op-eds have popped up on CNN and Al Jazeera suggesting that Amazon, big bully that it is in the Hachette negotiation, needs to be taken down a peg under the Robinson-Patman Act. (If you didn’t hear a raspy voice say “I’m Patman” when I mentioned the name of that law, I’m [...]

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 [...]

Tarantino suit of Gawker over link to leaked script may be capitalizing on Streisand Effect

By Chris Meadows
February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quentin Tarantino got so upset that someone leaked a copy of the script for his next movie, The Hateful Eight, online that he announced he would not be making that movie after all. He got further upset when he found out that celebrity/tech news site Gawker’s “Defamer” blog actually linked to [...]

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 libertyc
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 [...]

Independent bookseller suit against Amazon tossed, while Barnes & Noble faces SEC investigation

By libertyc
December 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

Pro tip: if you’re going to file a lawsuit alleging "conspiracy," have more evidence in hand than just "they did something I don’t like." Andrew Albanese reports at Publishers Weekly that Federal Judge Jed Rakoff just tossed out a lawsuit filed by independent [...]

Microsoft hides mobile, gaming losses with $2 billion in annual Android patent income

By libertyc
November 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Who’s one of the biggest beneficiaries of Android? According to Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, it could be Microsoft. In a new note on Microsoft, Sherlund estimates that Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year from Android patent royalties—almost pure profit. It is using that profit to [...]

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

By libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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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