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Monday News: The Turtles’s copyright case, discrimination suit against Nicholas Sparks, PW’s publishing survey results, and “motion as metaphor”

Monday News: The Turtles’s copyright case, discrimination suit against Nicholas Sparks,...

Music recordings produced before 1972 are not subject to the provisions of the 1995 federal law that makes digital radio services like SiriusXM to pay for post-1972 music they play on their stations. So now state copyright laws are being called upon to fill in this gap, and that’s an enormous problem, not only because of the differences among states, but also because all of this music has never been subject to royalties payments. And don’t we all know how disastrous attempts to extend copyright and trademark in other areas have been (Disney, anyone)?

It mean that companies could be on the hook for a new type of state-based copyright royalty every time they play a song that dates from prior to 1972. Worse, the rules vary from state to state. Depending on what courts decide, a radio station may have to pay in California but not in New York.

The quagmire gets deeper still because no one is sure if the DMCA (an important federal shield law that can give websites immunity for copyright infringement by their users) applies to state-based copyright action. Based on the logic of the SiriusXM ruling, record labels could now be in position to go after sites like YouTube or Facebook whenever people upload an oldie.

In this confusing legal environment, lawyers may begin advising media companies of all stripes to refrain from playing music from the 1950’s, 1960’s and early 1970’s. –Gigaom

Epiphany school is independent from official religious affiliations, but says its values and guiding principles are rooted in Judaeo-Christian traditions. Sparks, who was raised Roman Catholic, had his first Jewish protagonists in his 2013 book The Longest Ride.

Benjamin, who is of Jewish heritage and Quaker faith, believes that his efforts to make the school more diverse “enraged” Sparks and members of the school’s board of trustees. –The Guardian

Employees at publishing houses worked a little bit longer each week and made a little more money in 2013 than they did in 2012. Those were just two of the findings of PW’s annual salary survey, which was conducted this summer and which, for the first time, featured a number of questions on racial diversity in the industry. While it’s no surprise that the publishing sector is overwhelmingly white, the lack of diversity is a bit eye-opening: of the 630 respondents who identified their race, 89% described themselves as white/Caucasian, with 3% selecting Asian and another 3% indicating Hispanic. Only 1% said they are African-American. –Publishers Weekly

I think in movement terms. Human beings move on two legs across the floor, across the earth. We don’t do very much on the ground. We don’t have that kind of power in us. And we can’t go as fast as most four-footed animals do. Our action is here on our two legs. That’s what our life is about. When one thinks about falling, dying, or a loss of consciousness, this is a condition that is out of the normal range of human momentum. With jumping, although we all try to do it, we are again caught, because we can’t stay up there very long. So it becomes virtuoso. You know, when someone jumps high and stays long enough for it to register, it becomes a virtuoso feat. –Brain Pickings

Friday News: The Dear Author Defense Fund, Facebook promises circumspection, JP Morgan Chase breach ubiquitous, and Roxane Gay to write for The Toast

Friday News: The Dear Author Defense Fund, Facebook promises circumspection, JP...

Dear Author/Jane Litte Defense Fund – Many people have been asking if and how they can contribute to Dear Author and Jane Litte’s legal defense. Consequently, this campaign was created. The Dear Author Jane Litte Legal Defense Fund will be run through Go Fund Me. Any donations made to this fund will be used for Jane Litte’s defense against the defamation suit filed against her and Dear Author Media Network LLC by Ellora’s Cave.

Why a fund?

Because lawsuits are expensive (that’s why they’re so often used as a threat, if you’ve ever wondered). Because of that, and because the duration of the litigation is undetermined, Jane will need financial assistance. Jane’s attorney, Marc Randazza, is contributing by discounting his hourly rate. Even with a generous discount, it’s still expensive.

Jane Litte has set aside $20,000.00 of her own funds to fight this defamation suit and has paid the large retainer out of the fund but that money will be depleted quickly as the case progresses.

If you’d like to donate to the legal fund, you can follow this link to the GoFundMe site, and make your donation. Please note: these are NOT tax deductible donations, as this is NOT a 501(c)3 not-for-profit
entity.

All funds will be used for Jane’s legal defense, minus the fees charged by GoFundMe, and because we don’t know what the end result will be, we have no way of knowing what the total amount required will be. If there are any funds left over when the suit is finished, they will be donated to the Society of Professional Journalists Legal Defense Fund ( http://www.spj.org/ldf.asp).

If the fees do not exceed $20,000, we will attempt to refund the donations per the GoFundMe policies ( http://support.gofundme.com/entries/22603558-How-do-I-issue-a-refund-to-a-donor-). Countries with the following currencies are supported: $ USD, £ GBP, $ CAD, $ AUD and € EUR.

Any amount that you can contribute is most appreciated. –GoFundMe

Mr. Schroepfer, who declined an interview request, wrote that Facebook’s researchers had been given clearer guidelines for their work, although he did not specify what those were. The company’s engineers will also get training in research ethics as part of their six-week boot camp when they join the company. And the most sensitive research will now be reviewed by a panel of high-ranking Facebook officials, including people involved in the legal, policy and privacy arenas. –New York Times

In an SEC filing, JPMorgan Chase  said names, addresses, phone numbers, emails and internal company information about 76 million households were impacted by a cyber attack  Seven million small businesses are also hit. There are about 115 million U.S. households, so likely your data could have been impacted in some way, perhaps from your credit and debit card accounts and other associations with the bank on Chase.com, mobile apps and other sites.–Forbes

You cannot possibly understand how bad I am at keeping news to myself, nor what a toll keeping this particular news took on my frail and mortal frame, but please share in my joy: Roxane Gay is coming to The Toast, where she will be running our very first vertical, The Butter. She’s officially starting on October 15th, and there will be plenty more details to come, but in the meantime please join me in dancing excitedly about the room. –The Toast