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8/31/10 Writing And Publishing News

August 31, 2010

Tags: discrimination, ebooks, publishing news, royalties, self-publishing

Which major reviewing publication is accused of discrimination? Why the Wylie deal with Random leaves the issue of who owns ebook rights to older books unanswered. And how writers really get paid with traditional and real publishing. Plus, I'm interviewed on preventing workplace violence. These and other headlines are in this week's Write Report.

In Entourage, Ari Gold Should Have the B**** Arrested

August 23, 2010

Tags: taping conversations, illegal wiretapping, Entourage

If you’re following Entourage, you’re familiar with the latest plotline where an agent left Ari Gold’s talent agency along with a bunch of tapes of his inappropriate comments. And if you know anything about the Ari Gold character, you can just imagine that there were a ton of inappropriate slurs, jokes and disgusting comments. Frankly, someone should have sued his agency for sex, race, national origin, and sexual orientation harassment long ago. But my sympathies here are with Ari, and the whole plotline is making me squirm.

That’s because the agent taped the conversations illegally, and this is one of my pet peeves in commonly used lazy plotlines. California, along with 11 other states, requires two-party consent to taping, meaning all parties to the conversation have to agree to be taped. Otherwise, it’s a crime. The tapes wouldn’t be admissible in court other than the criminal prosecution against the illegal eavesdropper.

It’s probably too late for this plotline, but what I think Ari should have done (more…)

8/22/10 Writing And Publishing News

August 22, 2010

Tags: book thieves, confidentiality, contracts, copyright, deceptive practices, ebooks/digitizing, free speech, libel, murder, murder victims, publishers, writers, writing tips

Which vanity publisher is being sued by 16 authors for deceptive practices? Will ignorance of copyright law be a defense? The libel tourism bill becomes a law. Plus, whose secret identity are BBC lawyers trying to hide? And what Macmillan authors need to do when they get that little contract amendment about e-rights in the mail. These and other writing and publishing headlines are in this week's Write Report.

8/8/10 Writing and Publishing News

August 8, 2010

Tags: agency model, Amazon, book thieves, ebooks/digitizing, free speech, Google, iPad, libel

Which state has joined the pileup of attorneys general investigating Apple and Amazon? Which celeb’s followers convinced a library that gay literature is kiddie porn? Libel tourism soon to be dead in the U.S. thanks to this new law. Plus, one of my favorite legal thriller writers, Paul Levine, blogs about how legal thrillers sometimes fall short, legally speaking. These and other headlines are in this week’s Write Report.

8/1/10 Writing and Publishing News

August 1, 2010

Tags: agents, Amazon, copyright, ebooks/digitizing, plagiarism

My first review for The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom

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The big news this week was that a literary agent cut a deal directly with Amazon to publish some e-versions of already-published books. The original publisher is claiming it owns the e-rights, and everyone else is concerned that this gives Amazon even more power. Plus, JK Rowling strikes back at latest plagiarism allegations. These and other headlines are in this week's Write Report.

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