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Wednesday Morning News: Happy Independence Day America

The July 4th Fireworks. Big Stock Photo

I admit that for a few moments last night I thought about not doing a news post but I eventually got over it. We still need news on Independence Day, right?

First up, two wildly competing views of copyright.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Laura Vivanco
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 04:24:09

    Jane, I think something’s gone wrong with the link to the McDaniel website. It should be

  2. Christine M.
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 05:36:04

    The Canadian in me wants to apologize for Harper and Bill C-11. We’ve been trying to make a difference (with the help of, but to little avail.

  3. Lynnd
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 07:57:49

    @Christine M.: The Copyright legislation in Canada is just another example of Harper’s regressive agenda. Tbis, along with the rest has motivated me to work very hard to get he and his government defeated in 2015! Sorry for getting political Jane, but maybe today of all days it can be tolerated :-)?

  4. Mary Anne Graham
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 08:26:00

    I wonder if Salon thinks self deprecating, introspective guys might be more giving than their alpha counterparts?

    Personally, I love to see an alpha guy get tamed by a strong woman. That is, I think, at the heart of most billionaire/sheik/duke romances. I’ve read and written a few of those and love to see a strong man learn that love makes him stronger.

    It’s easy to think that those self deprecating, introspective guys would be more easily led. In reality, I think men must be confident and strong before they’re willing to “learn” rather than “teach.”

  5. Christine M.
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 09:57:57

    @Lynnd: Same here. :)

  6. Mireya
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 12:12:49

    >>Canada passed a Copyright Reform Bill that essentially makes it illegal to format shift or even backup a legitimately purchased digital item that has DRM on it.<<

    So basically, they deny the rights of consumers. Frankly, as a consumer and taxpayer, I find that highly insulting … and how are they planning on "enforcing" this?

  7. Christine M.
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 12:36:56


    Stephen Harper works in mysterious ways?

  8. Lynnd
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 12:47:09

    @Mireya: Yup – that pretty much sums up how I feel as a Canadian taxpayer about our current federal government. As for enforcement, I that they’ll just expect that they’re position will be that they’ve given their buddies in the entertainment/publishing companies the “tools” and leave it up to them to try to enforce. I’m not sure what the Canadian courts would do with such draconian legislation, but I’m sure that there will be challenges to the law if someone actually decides to prosecute.

  9. Lynnd
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 13:34:49

    Gah! My curser jumped on me – I need an edit function – I meant to say ” I expect that they’ll just take the position that they’ve provided the “tools”.

  10. Brian
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 13:49:51

    I got this email yesterday and am passing it along in case anyone here has purchased books from DirecteBooks (an Ireland based eBook store that sold internationally)…

    Dear Customers,

    We are writing to let you know that DirecteBooks is closing.

    We are incredibly busy with our sister site ePubDirect helping publishers get their eBooks to hundreds of stores and thousands of libraries and have taken the decision to close down DirecteBooks completely.

    The site will officially close on the 31st July and you will no longer be able to download the titles you have previously purchased. We strongly advise you to log in to your account and download all previously purchased eBook titles to your desktop and/or eReaders as these will no longer be available to you after closure.

    Log into your account at this link

    If you have forgotten your password use the forgot password link on this page.

    We would like to thank you for your custom and support.

    From all at

  11. LeeF
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 17:33:22

    For those of us who work the holidays- yes, it is nice to have something new and interesting to read on a Wednewady.

  12. Mireya
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 18:02:26

    @Lynnd: To be fair, in the US it is illegal to remove DRM as you all know. However, I can back-up DRMd purchases… so I guess the difference is not that big. The entertainment industry would love that kind of power here, including the power to “enforce” it as they deem fit (can we say SOPA?)

  13. Kathryn
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 20:23:58

    According to Michael Geist, a law professor at U of Ottawa and blogger on intellectual property issues, the digital lock provision in Bill C-11 is vulnerable to a constitutional challenge and this was noted by Canada’s department of Justice (so the government noted that its own legislation was probably unconstitutional).

  14. Janine
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 22:49:13

    That edition of the sonnets is almost enough to make me purchase an iPad.

  15. txvoodoo
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 23:14:53

    “It is not clear whether these provisions would prohibit sharing copyrighted works over a home network, although a final revision to the Bill makes it clear that the reproduction must only be used for the individual’s “private purposes” (as opposed to just generally for private purposes as originally drafted, a change that might exclude family members).” ”

    This makes me wonder about Amazon’s policy for having multiple devices and family members connected on one account. I can buy a book and have it downloaded to mine and my husband’s Kindles.

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