Copyright and other writing-related links (#SFWApro)

Here’s one for copyright nerds: a lawsuit over whether a play can use a small segment of the classic Who’s on First? routine. The first ruling on the Abbott and Costello joint estates’ claim was that the segment was fair use. A Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it wasn’t fair use, but that the copyright has passed into the public domain (the discussion at the link focuses on the convoluted arguments over whether Universal ever held copyright and if so, whether the estates reclaimed it).

•Is “Tiffany” a reference to jewels sold by Tiffany’s, or just a style? A jury rules Costco owes $5.5 million for selling “Tiffany” rings that aren’t from Tiffany’s.

•A site lets you rip YouTube music clips into MP3s. The recording industry sues.

•An artist sues because Kohls allegedly uses her designs without her OK. And the estate of artist Dash Snow charges McDonalds has copied his work illegally.

•Some Louisiana strippers are suing over a law that bars dancers under 21, on the grounds it violates their free speech rights. Not exactly writing related, but First Amendment is close enough.

•A Fox news anchor sued over a toy hamster from Hasbro that shares her name. The case has been dismissed.

•How do you reconnect with a story after taking a break?

•Kristine Kathryn Rusch on satisfying reader expectations.

•US goverment propagandist Guy Sims Fitch never existed.

•Ebook sales are down, audiobook sales are up.

troubles•Good-looking first editions from the 1970s. Don’t know the artist, all rights to cover art belong with current holder.

•I was never completely comfortable with the scene where the Comedian rapes Silk Spectre in Watchmen. I’d come to to think I was an outlier, but I’m not alone.

•Peter Thiel financed lawsuits against Gawker and broke the company. What does that imply about legal risks for freelancers?

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