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Randy Queen backs down from DMCA threats against Escher Girls
August 6, 2014 | 2:35 pm

Here’s a quick update to yesterday’s story about Randy Queen using the DMCA to stifle Escher Girls’ criticism of his art. The Mary Sue reports that Queen has apologized and stood down his threats. He posted a public statement to his Facebook page in which he indicated a period of high stress in his personal life led him to lash out without thinking. Tumblr has restored the posts in question but the images are still absent. Hopefully they can get put back soon, too, given that their use was well within the bounds of criticism and commentary that have...

Is Chris Ruen’s utter bollocks argument utter bollocks?
August 6, 2014 | 10:25 am

Chris Ruen has a book to promote. That promotion is best done through rabble-rousing headlines and inflammatory articles. And since that book is Freeloading: How our insatiable appetite for free content is starving creativity, naturally it's going to be about the deadly dangers of piracy. And the New Statesman has kindly given him a platform, under the banner headline "Fifteen years of utter bollocks': how a generation’s freeloading has starved creativity." The article starts off on slightly dodgy grounds anyway, because how many people are actually out there making arguments for digital piracy as the lead-in claims? Some of the more...

Comic book creator Randy Queen attempts to stifle criticism with DMCA, provokes Streisand Effect
August 5, 2014 | 7:26 am

If you don’t think you’re getting enough attention on the Internet, there’s a way to fix that. Though you probably won’t like the results. Every so often, you run across one of those “Streisand Effect” cases where someone decides to try to stifle criticism of themselves and it backfires in a big way. I thought I’d seen the most amusing possible example of that yesterday with this Ars Technica story about a hotel whose web site promised a $500 fine for negative Yelp reviews (they swore they were “just kidding,” but not before a major backlash brought them...

Morning Roundup: The $23,000 t-shirt. Best books about writing and more
August 4, 2014 | 9:00 am

writingBest Books About Writing (Book Riot) Sure, the novels that stopped my heart dead on the page, or made me laugh out loud inappropriately in the library certainly influenced me, but there were books about writing that I drank in and felt refreshed by, and knew that one day, they’d prove useful. Here are some of my favourites. *** The $23,000 T-shirt: Teaching Copyright in Today’s Social Media Culture (Media Shift) How much is a T-shirt or a tweet worth? Two copyright cases, separated by nearly 30 years, should reinforce our need as educators to teach copyright as a practical matter as much as...

Morning Roundup: Consumer protection for ebooks? Publishers and subscription services
July 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

subscription servicesUK Police Start Replacing Ads on Copyright Sites with Warnings (GigaOm) The new “Operation Creative” tactic is designed to tackle the funding of copyright-infringement websites without making users vulnerable to malware, as an earlier pilot accidentally did. However, it’s a bit worrying to see police censoring elements of webpages. *** The Latest News on Book Adaptations (Book Riot) Hollywood loves to mine the book world for stories, new and old, that can be re-imagined and brought to the big and little screen. If you like to read the book first, here are a list of books to either add or bump up your TBR...

Morning Roundup: Amazon officially launches Kindle Unlimited. Sherlock Holmes rights battle
July 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

Basil Rathbone as Sherlock HolmesHow I Became a Knausgaard Truther (Pacific Standard) Did companies in Norway institute Knausgaard-free days in response to the popularity of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s autobiographical novel My Struggle? It’s a question that led to a search for proof that something never happened. *** Amazon Officially Launches Kindle Unlimited eBook and Audio Subscription Service for $9.99 a month (GigaOM) The service is only available in the U.S. for now. About 640,000 titles are available, the bulk of them from Amazon’s own publishing imprints or by self-published authors who’d previously enrolled their books in Kindle Select. *** Sherlock Holmes and the Battle Over Literary Rights (The Telegraph) Setback...

World’s libraries and archives disappointed after latest WIPO talks in Geneva
July 16, 2014 | 2:35 pm

22-09-2009wipo.jpgOrganizations and pressure groups involved in intellectual property rights and global copyright issues for libraries and archives expressed disappointment after the inconclusive conclusion of the Twenty-Eighth Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva."the Committee continued discussion to work towards an appropriate international legal instrument or instruments (whether model law, joint recommendation, treaty and/or other forms) in relation to limitations and exceptions [on customary copyright restrictions] for libraries and archives," stated the chair's conclusions, but "there was no agreement on recommendations to the WIPO General Assembly." Little progress appears to...

A single European copyright title? What would it mean?
July 10, 2014 | 12:34 pm

bookstoreThe election of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission has brought the debate on a single European copyright term to the fore - literally. Questioned by MEP Julia Reda, "on behalf of the Pirate Party," Juncker said: "We need to realize a growth and employment opportunity in the development of the digital single market and we need to stop ... the fragmentation of the European digital world ... We have too many regulatory systems, we have too many national embellished and colored regulations that must [be] ... simplified, and be harmonized, so that we can take...

Q&A with UK Society of Authors CEO on ALCS report, author incomes
July 10, 2014 | 10:34 am

SoA logoFollowing the release of the UK Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) survey on author earnings, already covered in TeleRead, I contacted the UK Society of Authors to ask for their view on the report. Here are the responses of Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive of the Society of Authors. TeleRead: The ALCS findings state that average author incomes have fallen by almost 30% in the past decade. Creative Industries Council data shows UK creative industries growing at 5× the broader GDP growth rate. Can you comment on this contrast? Nicola Solomon: We are concerned but not surprised by the findings in this...

ALCS leads debate at House of Commons following author earnings report
July 9, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Following the release of the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) study “What Are Words Worth Now?,” already covered in TeleRead, which showed a catastrophic drop in writers' earnings, and the numbers of full-time authors, in the UK, the ALCS held a debate at the UK House of Commons on the issues raised in the report. Some participants at least didn't mince words about the report's conclusions. Owen Atkinson, Chief Executive of ALCS, said after the release of the report, "These are concerning times for writers. This rapid decline in both author incomes and in the numbers of those writing full-time could...

Evil Hat’s Atomic Robo copyright notice smooths the way for gamers making copies
July 7, 2014 | 6:53 pm

robonoticeHere’s an amusing case of a publisher getting copyright right. Evil Hat, who’s been mentioned here a few times before for its FUDGE-based Spirit of the Century role-playing game and Kickstarter projects, has a great copyright notice on its Atomic Robo RPG. Right after the bit about not storing the publication in a retrieval system without permission, it continues: That said, if you’re doing it for personal use, knock yourself out. That’s not only allowed, we encourage you to do it. For those working at a copy shop and not at all...

Does the UK’s CIC want to gag copyright reform proposals?
July 7, 2014 | 4:31 pm

CICGiven all the hysteria around the Amazon-Hachette faceoff in UK media, you could be forgiven for thinking that the UK publishing industry was on its last legs. Not so, according to the latest Create UK report, the main strategy document from the Creative Industries Council, available here. As part of the media circus surrounding the release of the report, UK Prime Minister David Cameron publicly undertook to double the value of exports from the UK's creative industries, currently running at £70 billion ($120 billion) a year, with a growth rate five times that of the wider economy over the past three...