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Should Copyright Live Forever?
March 25, 2015 | 2:25 pm

cpoyrightWe'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 fascinating case study up this week which illustrates how this happens. The short version is that a company called Night Dive has made a business out of sourcing obsolete computer games, cleaning them up for modern devices and then releasing them for sale in today's marketplace. This is not a shady operation, though---they do their legwork to...

Morning Links: Amazon friend or foe? It’s complicated. Worst ebook cover art
March 16, 2015 | 9:00 am

amazonThe 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 disdain. *** Copyright and Open Textbooks: The Case of Boundless (The Scholarly Kitchen) Third, whether Boundless is successful as a company in the long run doesn’t matter very much. What does matter is whether this model proves out in concept—meaning whether Boundless books prove popular with students. *** Asking Whether Amazon is Friend or Foe...

Weekend Links: Harper Lee’s agent disputes elder abuse claim. Publishers posted solid 2014 gains
March 15, 2015 | 11:18 am

harper leePublishers 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. *** Self-Publishing Erotica: If You Write It, There is an Audience for It (GoodeReader) Yes, this is the world of self-published erotica, and in the race to garner readers’ attention (and their money), authors are writing more and more fantastical tales starring some of the most bizarre main characters ever written. *** Harper Lee's Agent Disputes Claims of Elder Abuse (GalleyCat) Alabama state officials opened...

Morning Links: Reading slump? Dealing with modern stress more than unplugging
March 12, 2015 | 9:00 am

unpluggingMy 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 ourselves to be simultaneously overwhelmed by and addicted to our devices. *** What We Got Wrong About Books (The Scholarly Kitchen) It is one of the cruel truisms of the book business that publishers rarely have much insight into how their products are actually used. *** More Copyright Trolls Rushing In To Take Advantage Of Canadian...

Tales from the ‘Whacky Copyright Stories’ Crypt
March 11, 2015 | 10:25 am

copyrightOur 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 is 'obvious play upon Plaintiff’s well-known Hall & Oates mark, and was selected by defendant in an effort to trade off of the fame and notoriety associated with the artist’s and plaintiff’s well-known marks.' I have heard of stories like this before, and it's easy to chuckle and say, for instance, that nobody would confuse a dry-cleaner...

Morning Links: Is your business a hobby? Konrath on copyright
March 2, 2015 | 9:00 am

copyrightIs 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 bit to it based on some comments in my last blog post. *** Amazon Kindle Voyage vs Kobo Aura (GoodeReader) Today, we put them both head to head to give you a sense of the best value for your money. *** Why 2015 is the Year of Encryption (GigaOM) Obama isn’t alone; everyone is calling...

Grim and gritty Power Rangers fan film brings fanfic back into legal spotlight
February 25, 2015 | 7:27 am

power-rangers-video-124799A 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 Van Der Beek, Katee Sackhoff, and Die Another Day’s Will Yun Lee. And it almost immediately ran into legal trouble. A “NSFW” version (violence, language, nudity) was up on Vimeo for a few hours before getting taken down by a DMCA infringement notice from Saban. A safe-for-work...

More Big Media behind-the-scenes bullying on view as Google takes regulatory payola to court
February 17, 2015 | 2:25 pm

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 improper attacks on it that far exceed his mandate. This follows the revelation via the Sony hack of Project Goliath, a coordinated move by Motion Picture Association of America members and their attorneys to put pressure on Google at the state level. Sony itself, as well as Universal, Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros., and...

Trans-Pacific Partnership still pushing to screw your rights in secret
February 16, 2015 | 2:25 pm

eff.gifChris 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 negotiation or public consultation. Sad to say, a year on very little has changed, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation has revealed courtesy of a leaked document on the TPP state of play. As the EFF says: The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United...

Harper Lee to publish sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird after 55 years
February 3, 2015 | 7:53 pm

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 Mockingbird was actually the second novel that Harper Lee wrote—and now HarperCollins is going to publish the first one, Go Set a Watchman. It is scheduled for release July 2015. Lee explains that when she first wrote Go Set a Watchman, her editor was intrigued...

Cory Doctorow speaks on self-publishing, Amazon, DRM, Hachette, and a whole lot else besides
January 16, 2015 | 10:25 am

IMG_20150115_103208Cory 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 I'll be presenting in subsequent articles. To begin with, though, here are his thoughts on where self-publishing has got to, and what the whole Amazon-Hachette spat reveals about the impact of DRM on the market. The most important thing that self-publishing does isn’t merely enriching the people who succeed in...

Morning Links: Intellectual property myths. Wikipedia expands auto-translation
January 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

wikipediaOn 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 trademark law? When you travel about the Internet or make art, do you know what you are and aren't allowed to do, or do you have intellectual property myths stuck in your brain. *** Wikipedia Expands Auto-Translate Feature (The Digital Reader) Wiki Media announced over the weekend that they are expanding the (currently beta) auto-translate feature to...