The Second Circuit on Assigning the Right to Sue

From Property, intangible®: I’ve written in the past . . . about the phenomenon of copyright infringement lawsuits brought by photographers or their agents against textbook publishers. The textbook publishers allegedly exceed the license they had for the use of stock photos, either by exceeding the number of print copies authorized or using the works outside […]

This is true Liberty

This is true Liberty when free born men Having to advise the public may speak free, Which he who can, and will, deserv’s high praise, Who neither can nor will, may hold his peace; What can be juster in a State then this? Euripides

From Watchmen to Catch-22: can TV tackle ‘unfilmable’ books?

From The Guardian: In recent months, a spate of books has been adapted for TV, with Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore’s Watchmen in varying stages of production. They share something in common: all have been made into films – none of which have worked. The film versions had prestige directors Mike Nichols (Catch-22) and François […]

A long time ago

A long time ago when I was writing for pulps, I put into a story a line like ‘he got out of the car and walked across the sun drenched sidewalk until the shadow of the awning over the entrance fell across his face like the touch of cool water.’ They took it out when […]

When Worlds Collide

From Writer Unboxed: Have you ever felt out of place?  I’m sure.  We all have.  Meeting the new in-laws.  An interfaith church service.  Asking the price of a necklace at Tiffany’s.  The ER.  CIA headquarters in Langley.  Strange environments where people are different. One summer day commuting to work on my bike, I stopped at […]

The (Il)Legality of Embedding Tweets

From Plagiarism Today: Last week, judge Katherine Forrest of the Southern District of New York handed down a judgment that sent shockwaves through the internet. Ruling in a case that pitted photographer Justin Goldman against several news sites, including Yahoo, Brietbart, The Boston Globe and, the judge ruled that the news sites may be held […]

I paint

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
Frida Kahlo

Now Google trains AI to write Wikipedia articles

From The Register: A team within Google Brain – the web giant’s crack machine-learning research lab – has taught software to generate Wikipedia-style articles by summarizing information on web pages… to varying degrees of success. As we all know, the internet is a never ending pile of articles, social media posts, memes, joy, hate, and […]

Michigan prisoner turned celebrated author may face incarceration bill

From The Guardian: Curtis Dawkins, a Michigan prisoner and publishing sensation, could be forced to repay the costs of his incarceration from the proceeds of his literary work. The convicted murderer is serving a life sentence for a 2004 crime spree on Halloween night that left one man dead. His debut collection of short stories, The Graybar Hotel, […]

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