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SFWA to participate in Copyright Office orphan works roundtables
March 9, 2014 | 5:42 pm

The SFWA actually can do some useful things when it’s not getting embroiled in scandals. A press release on its web site notes that former SFWA President Michael Capobianco will be attending some US Copyright Office roundtables on the problem of orphan works on March 10th and 11th. The problem posed by orphan works is becoming more obvious the longer copyright lasts. However, the SFWA suggests that the problems may not be as severe as some copyright reform advocates claim. The SFWA’s full position on the orphan works matter is laid out in a white paper (PDF) that it...

Weekend Links: Has everyone conceded US book market to Amazon? Most popular books by state and more
March 9, 2014 | 11:22 am

conceded us book markt to amazonHas Everyone Conceded the US Book Market to Amazon? (Dear Author) And apparently the digital marketers have folded up their tents and left the US marketplace to Amazon. It may be in four years there will be a new competitor that we cannot foresee. Let’s hope so because an Amazon dominated landscape isn’t good for anyone. Not readers, authors or publishers. *** Book Awards to Apply for Now (Author U) Book Awards … add to your professional credibility and are an excellent marketing tool. *** Some Chefs Still Insisting That Photographing Meals Steals Some of their Intellectual Property (Techdirt) While many chefs seem to simply think that...

Fan artist complains of Anita Sarkeesian’s unauthorized use of Dragon’s Lair fan art
March 9, 2014 | 4:27 am

tropesvswomenHere’s an interesting conundrum concerning fair use of Internet artwork. It all started when an artist going by the moniker Cowkitty created some fan art of Princess Daphne, a character from Don Bluth’s Dragon’s Lair video game. Some time later, feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian crowdfunded a series of YouTube videos called Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. And promotional material used for the $150,000 Kickstarter campaign, which collected a number of female characters from video games, made use of Cowkitty’s fan art without asking permission. (The video series allegedly made use of footage from various YouTube “Let’s...

Britain’s World Book Day sees events, promotions UK-wide
March 6, 2014 | 10:25 am

The UK's World Book Day, March 6th this year, has seen promotions, participations by organizations, related articles including travel tips, and events across Britain. According to the World Book Day site, the event is "the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world." World Book Day is generally celebrated worldwide on April 23rd; however, in the UK, it takes place on March 6th The key offering marking the event in the UK is the World Book Day £1 Book Tokens offer courtesy of...

UK publishing and those poor struggling writer people
March 5, 2014 | 8:38 pm

Robert McCrum has posted a very interesting - and inadvertently revealing - article in the UK Observer, Sunday sister of The Guardian, on the financial difficulties of that poor struggling species, the writer. And as longstanding literary editor of The Observer and a writer himself, he should know. And his piece paints a very interesting picture of the publishing industry and a writer's prospects within it, pre and post the great financial crisis of 2008. Just to be clear: I'm not belittling the plight of struggling writers who are trying desperately hard to get a foothold on both the literary and...

Morning Roundup: Make a living as a writer. Kobo’s international strategy paying off
February 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

make a living as a writerIf I was in Charge of the Sony e-Reader or Reader Store (GoodeReader) Sony has seen diminished sales since their peak and they have been on the downward trend ever since. In 2011, Sony accounted for 28% of all e-readers sold in Canada. *** How I Make a Living as a Writer (And You Can Too) (Lifehacker) The most important thing for me: writing without fear. Writing without judgment. Writing without anger. Making writing fun. Writing right now. *** Kobo's International Strategy is Paying Off (Digital Book World) Kobo’s content revenue was up 44% in the fourth quarter of 2013 over the previous year, and its...

Morning Roundup: iPad dominates business tablet usage. Smashwords updates eDelivery service
February 14, 2014 | 8:52 am

ipadSelf-Published Books: The Surprising Data from Amazon (Boing Boing) I think that there are a couple of important points that Howey skirts, if not eliding them altogether. *** iPad Dominates Business Tablet Usage (GoodeReader) Contrary to the oft held belief that the iPad suits more for entertainment than anything else, the Apple tablet has topped the charts among tablets used in the enterprise scene. *** Dangerous Ruling In Germany Makes Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement On Website It Registered (Techdirt) It's worrisome when a third party who had no direct involvement in the actual infringement can be blamed for it. Yet, in the legacy entertainment industry's...

Morning Roundup: More on Sony and Kobo Deal. More on copyright and DRM
February 7, 2014 | 7:15 am

koboWhat the Sony and Kobo eBook Deal Means for Readers (GoodeReader) Sony and Kobo signed a landmark agreement today that affects readers in the USA and Canada. Sony has announced that starting this March, any eBooks customers have purchased from the Reader Store, will be transferred to Kobo. *** How the Copyright Industry Made Your Computer Less Safe (Techdirt) But there's a second important point in Doctorow's piece that is equally worth highlighting, and it's that the combination of DRM and anti-circumvention laws make all of our computers less safe. *** Considerations for Publishing Without DRM (Tech Republic) I'm considering what to recommend for a client that's...

Tarantino suit of Gawker over link to leaked script may be capitalizing on Streisand Effect
February 3, 2014 | 12:40 pm

tarantinoQuentin 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 file locker sites where the script could be downloaded. So, he is now suing Gawker. Tarantino’s suit claims that Gawker itself posted the leaked script to those sites, which Gawker editor John Cook insists is false. In the end, the suit comes down to “contributory copyright infringement”—the same...

Morning Roundup: Naomi Novik explains copyright, Adobe to harden their broken DRM and more
February 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightWriter Naomi Novik Explains Copyright to Congress (Boing Boing) Naomi Novik isn't just a talented author (she won the John W Campbell Award for best new writer in 2007 on the strength of her fabulous Temeraire novels, which retell the Napoleonic wars with dragons providing air-support!), she's also a profound thinker on the questions of reuse, remixing, intellectual freedom and copyright. *** There is a Big Problem with Free eBook Samples (GoodeReader) Book discovery has been a hotbed issue for the last two years as digital books become more prevalent in our society. Unlike real books, you cannot download the entire novel to read...

Weekend Roundup: A closer look at fair use, Sci-fi and fantasy reading list by Locus
February 2, 2014 | 12:03 pm

fair useDr. Matthew Rimmer Takes a Closer Look at Fair Use (Techdirt) For this week's Favorites of the Week, Dr. Matthew Rimmer wanted to focus in on some of the specific points that came up in the Congressional hearing on fair use earlier this week. *** Archos Announces Three Budget Tablets in Neon Line (GoodeReader) Archos has announced up three new tablets in its budget-conscious lineup. *** Locus Recommended Reading List for Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2013 (Boing Boing) Locus Magazine has published its annual Recommended Reading list, which is my favorite annual guide to the best that science fiction and fantasy have to offer. *** Unreturned Books...

Morning Roundup: Publishers make better books? Copyright shouldn’t trump free expression and more
January 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

publishers make better booksAuthors Think Publishers Make Better Books (Digital Book World) When it comes to putting out a better quality product, authors think that publishers do better than authors can do on their own. *** New Award Aims to Correct Book Awards of the Past (GalleyCat) In a move to help correct the past and award those books that have stood the test of time but did not win the Pulitzer or National Book Award in their day, Bookslut has launched its own award. The new award posthumously awards the best books of  50 years ago. *** Writers Guild of America tells US Government that Copyright Shouldn't Trump...