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Judge, Jury & Executioner – Copyright Law
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive has a great run down of the case and its background.  For instance, it could affect whether I could resell the paperback I purchased via BookDepository of a book only published in Australia.

Under a 1986 law called The Electronic Communications Acts, emails stored in the cloud can be accessed by the FBI without a warrant. This is how Petraeus got caught because Google blithely handed over information requested by the FBI.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has now approved a bill that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant to read emails. However, law enforcement can delay informing subjects that their emails have been seized for 180 days, a period that can be renewable.

One way to avoid this? Create your own cloud. The Hill’s Hillicon Valley

RH digital only

In addition, this digital-only program will seek out the best and brightest names in the next generation of authors, enabling us to cultivate a team of writers in the publishing world’s most prolific and lively genres. … Under this program, authors will have a complete and unique publishing package. Every book will be assigned to an accomplished Random House editor and a dedicated publicist. They will also have the invaluable support of Random House’s experienced marketing and digital sales teams, who know how to reach out to and expand each book’s dedicated readership. … To reach the widest possible readership, every title will be available for purchase at major e-retailers and will be compatible with all reading devices.

According to PaidContent, RH is looking to help self published authors seeking broader access. In some ways, this sounds like a type of publishing services program.   PW has a little more information:

The editorial team will be overseen by Gina Wachtel, v-p, associate publisher, with the support of Sue Grimshaw, editor-at-large, romance; Randall Klein, associate editor, mystery and thrillers, and Sarah Reed, associate editor, science-fiction and fantasy.

Hopefully whatever website they create for these imprints, it looks better than the monstrosity they currently have set up.

Goods and Services IC 003. US 001 004 006 050 051 052. G & S: Soaps; perfumery; essential oils; cosmetics; preparations for the hair, skin, body, face, hands and feet; depilatory preparations; exfoliating preparations; shaving preparations; waxing preparations for the removal of hair

IC 004. US 001 006 015. G & S: Candles and wicks for lighting; scented candles

IC 006. US 002 012 013 014 023 025 050. G & S: Goods of common metal; handcuffs; shackles; karabiners; metal grids; metal chains

IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Recording discs; compact discs; DVDs and other digital recording media; tapes; recording discs; sound recordings; video recordings; recorded films; electronic publications; sunglasses; mobile phones; mobile phone accessories; mobile phone applications and software

IC 010. US 026 039 044. G & S: Sex aids including ropes; marital aids; benwa balls, being adult sexual aids; adult sexual stimulation aids; vibrators; condoms; massage apparatus

IC 014. US 002 027 028 050. G & S: Jewellery; costume jewellery; clocks and watches

IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials; printed matter; photographs; stationery; calendars; postcards; greetings cards; books; magazines

IC 018. US 001 002 003 022 041. G & S: Leather and imitation leather and goods made from these materials; animal hides; trunks and travelling bags; handbags, rucksacks, purses, wallets, holdalls; umbrellas; whips

IC 020. US 002 013 022 025 032 050. G & S: Furniture; mirrors; picture frames; articles made of wood, cork, reed, cane, wicker, horn, bone, ivory, whalebone, shell, amber; mother-of-pearl, meerschaum or plastic; garden furniture; pillows and cushions; mugs

IC 024. US 042 050. G & S: Textiles and textile goods; bed and table covers; rugs; duvets; covers for pillows, cushions or duvets

IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Clothing; footwear; headgear; lingerie, men’s underwear, hosiery, bathing costumes; dressing gowns; nightwear; costumes for use in role-play

IC 028. US 022 023 038 050. G & S: Games and playthings; soft toys; playing cards; boardgames; gymnastic and sporting articles

IC 033. US 047 049. G & S: Wines; spirits and liqueurs; alcopops; alcoholic cocktails

IC 034. US 002 008 009 017. G & S: Smokers’ articles; matches; lighters for smokers

IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Education services; entertainment services; party planning; arranging of parties; hosting social entertainment events; production of films; sporting and cultural activities; arranging of conferences, seminars and symposiums

IC 045. US 100 101. G & S: Marriage guidance counselling; personal relationship consulting
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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. KT Grant
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 06:16:33

    50 Shades of Marriage guidance counselling? *dies*

  2. Liz H.
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 07:27:23

    @KT Grant:

    That’s the same thing I focused on, and exactly my reaction.

    It’s been said before, but James’ aggressive “protection” of 50 Shades is derisable, at best, considering its origins. She is working incredibly hard to prevent others from taking the exact same path that she did, and at this point it’s quite offensive.

  3. Patricia Eimer
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 08:06:25

    Good to know I’m not the only one who focused on the marriage counseling part. SOmehow I can’t see any marriage counselors saying :

    “Jim, Betty I think your biggest issues can be solved by you, Jim, letting Betty tie you up and beat the crap out of you with a riding crop. Even if it doesn’t work I’m sure your wife will feel a lot better about your cheating once you’re bound and gagged at her mercy.”

  4. SAO
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 11:19:18

    The text book case is interesting. I’d love to see regional distribution done away with. It wouldn’t harm the textbook publishers and would help students. They put out new editions with new page numbers to discourage the resale market for old textbooks and charge monopoly prices.

    They can’t get away with it in poorer countries. The only people who will pay $50 bucks for a textbook for one course are the copy-machine owners who make a nice profit on the pirated copies.

  5. Ridley
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 11:29:55

    I guess James and copyright is like D0uthit and sockpuppets. When you’re a skeevy person making skeevy decisions, you assume everyone else is too.

  6. Lynne Connolly
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 12:04:59

    And the Leveson Report came out yesterday. Just a tiny thing. It will probably have far-ranging effects on the way the media works, probably not just in the UK.

  7. Has
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 12:07:41

    James has basically trademarked 50 Shades as everything including the kitchen sink – But I am bemused about the whole counselling thing. O_O

  8. Ceilidh
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 16:01:10

    Man, is anyone else reading that James part being deafened by that irony klaxon?

  9. DS
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 17:35:25

    Doesn’t she actually have to use the trademark in the stated area of commerce within a certain period of time in order to keep it? I’m sorry, I’m too lazy to look this up myself.

  10. Wahoo Suze
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 19:40:19

    The Colbert video isn’t available to anyone outside the US. We Canadians have to go to The Comedy Network site and find the clip there. I imagine people from countries that don’t have Comedy-Central sister stations are out of luck. I don’t know if this is more irony, or if it’s just an illustration of itself.

  11. MikiS
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 22:18:21

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has now approved a bill that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant to read emails. However, law enforcement can delay informing subjects that their emails have been seized for 180 days, a period that can be renewable.

    One way to avoid this? Create your own cloud. The Hill’s Hillicon Valley

    I’m probably going to think this is a dumb question tomorrow morning, but…huh? Create your own cloud? Do you mean save things to external hard drives?

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