Progress, Innovation and Regulation

By Joanna Cabot
April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the threats every emerging innovation seems to face this days is…well, it’s being a threat. The status quo can be a comfortable place for those who are within its bubble, and when something comes along to challenge it, there is a trend to try and regulate it away. Whether [...]

Gen Con, other businesses displeased with new Indiana religious freedom law

By Chris Meadows
March 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

As I’ve said before, Gen Con’s reputation as the largest gaming convention in North America eclipses its status as one of the largest writing conventions in North America, offering guidance on all aspects of writing and publishing. On Monday, March 23, Gen Con’s CEO sent a letter (PDF) to [...]

Apple music DRM case wraps up with final witness

By Chris Meadows
December 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Apple iTunes DRM case proceeds apace. After finding a replacement plaintiff to supplant those who were found not to have bought iPods during the required time period, the case moved forward, hearing reluctant testimony from a former iTunes engineer who worked on blocking the interoperability of [...]

The poet, the pipeline, and the punitive lawsuit

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Poetry, that harmless, airy-fairy, abstruse pursuit … that you get slapped with a $5.6 million lawsuit for. Come again? Yes, this is exactly what happens in Stephen Harper‘s Canada, where Vancouver poet and professor at Simon Fraser University Stephen Collis is one of six defendants [...]

UK prisoners no longer quite so screwed by government political games

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

The UK government’s decision to crack down on reading material for prisoners has been showcased as one of the most conspicuous, damaging, and brutal exercises in political grandstanding through books in (admittedly, more and more congested) recent memory. Fortunately, as a result of [...]

John Grisham speaks out – for pedophiles?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 16, 2014 // 6 Comments

John Grisham, hawklike legal eagle, millionaire bestselling author, spokesperson for middle-aged white pedophiles … oops. How did that one slip through the publicist’s net? Through Grisham’s own mouth, it seems, relayed via the UK’s Daily Telegraph in an interview taped for [...]

Aereo loses, cell phone privacy wins at Supreme Court today

By Chris Meadows
June 25, 2014 // 2 Comments

A pair of important Supreme Court decisions came down today—one disappointing and one critically important to anyone who uses mobile devices. The disappointing one is a 6-3 decision killing Aereo. The service that used dedicated individual miniature antennas to stream broadcast TV service to [...]

Another bad idea: Charging news aggregators for snippets

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Google is the bad guy yet again. Well, not just Google but other news aggregators. Spain is attempting to pass a law to force aggregators to pay for the content they collect. The argument for the law is that most people don’t click through headlines and snippets to get to the [...]

UK Inspector of Prisons condemns political interference in book ban policy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The storm of criticism that greeted the UK Government’s new policy of stopping anyone sending books to prisoners has gone beyond writers and left-wing politicians to professionals in the prisons system. Now, in an interview with The Independent, the UK Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick [...]

Commercial drone use apparently legal in US after all…for now

By Chris Meadows
March 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

Remember that story I wrote the other day about the FAA’s restrictions against commercial use of drones? Motherboard reports that a federal judge has dismissed the FAA’s first (and only) case against someone making commercial use of a drone. 29-year-old Raphael Pirker, fined for filming a [...]

Bob Kohn files appeal of publisher anti-trust settlements

By Chris Meadows
December 23, 2013 // 4 Comments

Ah, the schadenfreude continues. Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly reports that Bob Kohn has filed his appeal of the approval of the Macmillan and Penguin e-book settlements. In the hearing a couple of weeks ago, Judge Cote suggested it was unlikely he would be found to have standing to appeal [...]

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