A Quick Thought on Bloggers, Opinion, and Today’s Ruling from the Ninth Circuit – Although not connected explicitly to reviewing or books, this case against a blogger who was sued for making allegedly defamatory comments about financial improprieties related to a corporate bankruptcy case, brings up many important points about recent trends in how courts are dealing with online speech. While the 9th circuit ruled in favor of the blogger, this article details some of the more troubling ways in which courts do not seem to be treating online speech as particularly valuable, which does not necessarily bode well for its long-term legal defense.
“The Ninth Circuit properly reversed, finding that the First Amendment protects bloggers no less than the institutional press and that Cox was writing about issues of legitimate public concern. On retrial, the plaintiffs will have to establish that Cox was negligent in publishing the statements at issue — and that’s all well and good. I want to spend a little time, though, thinking about the tail end of the decision, in which the Ninth Circuit discusses a specific group of Cox’s statements that both the Ninth Circuit and the district court held to be non-actionable opinion.”Digital Media Law Project
Why Pink Doesn’t Exist: An Illustrated Stop-Motion Science Explanation in 60 Seconds – Although pink is now associated with girls, and blue with boys, it used to be the opposite (colors in the red family were perceived to be bolder and therefore better suited to boys). Anyway, this article demonstrates that pink is itself somewhat of an illusion, a color that is not part of the light spectrum. In fact, pink is, according to the video, best described as “minus green.” Brain Pickings
A note on historical romance sales in print – In the wake of recent discussion about Harlequin’s decision not to offer Jeannie Lin’s next book in print, Courtney Milan has written a very thoughtful and relevant post about the myriad factors facing Historical Romance in general right now. I would argue that this problem is not just a Harlequin problem but either way, what Milan has to say is worth reading (disclosure: I serve as a content editor for Courtney’s self-published books).
“So I see a lot of blame going on for how this author lost print distribution, but nobody’s mentioned the fact that historical romance shelf-space, in general, is falling precipitously. There are other amazing authors who are having the exact same thing happen to them as we speak.”Courtney Milan’s Blog
An Experiment in Genre – Remember a couple of weeks ago when I posted a link to the genre v. platform experiment, in the form of an interview with author C.S. Lakin? Well, even if you didn’t see that link, then, you can visit the post now, because author Debra Holland has spoken up and revealed that Lakin used her book (and, apparently, her cover design) as her “inspiration” for her experiment. There are many ethical questions raised over Lakin’s actions, since she was, in fact, selling a book, and therefore financially profiting from it. On the other hand, we know how rife the genre is with intentional replication and the like.
“I’m bothered that C.S./Susanne saw an OLD blog post by me that said I sold as well as I did without promotion, which was true at the time. It’s NO LONGER true. I promote now. Nor did she Tweet as infrequently as she claimed. Go look at her Tweets. She did promote the book. What she did was capitalize on MY platform without giving me credit so she can set herself up as a guru and make money on a how-to book. “Barbara Rogan – In Cold Ink
“As a number of observers have explained — including Jeff in his Gigaom piece — the court’s decision wasn’t based on a belief that net neutrality itself is a bad thing, but a view that the FCC implemented its rules in a legally questionable way. If it wanted to prevent ISPs from giving preferential treatment to certain content providers, the communications regulator could have defined internet service providers as “common carriers,” as it did with telecom companies — but the FCC didn’t do that. “Gigaom
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