Sep 17 2009
Just to keep you updated on my tooth situation, apparently I will have to have a root canal. I said to my dentist “with all the advanced technology, this procedure will be totally painless, right?” He looked at me seriously and nodded his head in agreement. While I laughed semi hysterically, he tried to tell me that root canals have gotten a bad rap. That’s news, right? That root canals are totally painless and have gotten a bad rap?
Dear Author has a new feed address:
The reason I did this was because I wanted to remove the Google Adsense Ads but I could not find ANY place to remove them. It was bizarre, like once you had signed up for the deal with the devil, there was no backing out. Finally, I deleted the feed and “reburned” it. So there you have it. Please update your feed settings.
Google is claiming that it’s gotten a bad rap and it’s CEO is complaining that all the critics just want to preserve the status quo. No, I think the critics don’t want private companies to engage in a complete revision of the copyright law that would affect millions known and unknown, but maybe beleaguered plays better in the press. EMI told Google that it wasn’t going to supply Google with a list of over a million copyright owners. Dennis Chin has told both parties that they need to address some of the concerns. Maybe the Plaintiffs should do so as well. Petit has some question as to why Author’s Guild is speaking for the Plaintiffs of the Google Book Settlement when it isn’t even a named Plaintiff. It’s important to remember that the Google Book Settlement isn’t all about Google at all, but about the power that the Authors’ Guild is trying to coopt for itself in the name of those it purports to represent.
That, however, is no excuse for the Authors’ Guild’s prominent position in this litigation. Although the Authors’ Guild’s name remains in the caption, as a procedural matter it should not: The AG is not a named representative. Similarly, the Executive Director of the AG is not a named representative. Neither is the AG the counsel to the class. Thus, the AG should not be making public advocacy statements concerning the merits of this specific piece of litigation… and certainly should not be doing so “on behalf of” either the named plaintiffs or the absent class members.
There’s some interesting trademark claims going around. The first is that Ambercrombie & Fitch is claiming that Beyonce’s new line of fragrances will be infringing on their male cologne branded “Fierce.” Beyonce’s alter ego is Sasha Fierce. I don’t know what I think about a guy wearing cologne named “Fierce” unless it’s Christian Siriano.
In other trademark news claims is a link brought to my attention by Elise Logan and it hits closer to home. A blogger who doesn’t like a company made a couple of posts about it. The metadata for that post includes the company’s name, Monavie. The company then sent a Cease and Desist letter to the blogger demanding that he remove the company’s name from the source code. The blogger points out that the meta data is generated automatically by a search engine optimization plugin (I use that plugin here at Dear Author). Basically, the plugin scours the page for keywords and then inserts those keywords into the source code of the page. It helps search engines like Google to present the link as a search result. Personally, Monavie appears to be representing an inaccurate knowledge of trademark law. Just because the search term appears in the source code doesn’t necessarily mean that it is confusing to the consumer as to who Monavie is.
Barnes and Noble is bulking up its digital offerings. SparkNotes.com, a division of BN, has relaunched and BN is offering the over 700 study guides in the BN ebookstore.
Dan Brown’s book, The Lost Symbol, was pirated within minutes of its release but still managed to sell more than a million copies in one day. Amazon’s Kindle version of The Lost Symbol was outselling the print version if Amazon’s bestseller lists are to be believed. Over time, obviously, the digital version cannot outsell the print version because of the limited number of digital readers (even assuming 50% of the digital consumers read on their laptops). What it does show, however, is that digital readers are important consumers.
Simon & Schuster has set up a site where anyone can send in links to suspected piracy sites. I wish more publishers would do this because I think it would be a) more effective and b) lessen the advertisement of these sites on various blogs.