Authors Guild Appeals Google Decision – The Authors Guild provided notice that it is appealing Judge Chin’s dismissal of the Guild’s suit against Google. They did not file a brief, but their notice was filed in the Second Circuit, where the Author’s Guild v. HathiTrust case is also in process. Hathi is an appeal of a summary judgment against the Guild.
“In a statement following the decision, Authors Guild executive director Paul Aiken told PW that Chin’s decision represented “a fundamental challenge to copyright that merits review by a higher court.” Aiken claims that Google’s unauthorized mass digitization and exploitation far exceeds the bounds of the fair use defense.”” Publishers Weekly
The 10 most underrated movies of 2013 – In light of the recent discussions about the fate of the blockbuster film (and the movie theater release in general), here’s a summary of Salon’s picks for the most underrated films of last year. There are some interesting choices on the list, including a film about Renoir, a documentary about late term abortion providers, “S#x Acts,” a film that explicitly asks the question of who has the power in the performance of these particular acts (six in all, thus the # in the first word of the title), and a new John Sayles, release, “Go for Sisters,” which has the following recommendation:
“Sayles gives his actors nuanced characters to play — Bernice goes from ball-busting parole officer to heartbroken mother — and he coaxes flinty performances out of his three marvelous leads. The script is laced with humor, and contains savvy observations about being careful when doing favors for people, and how one’s choices in life inform who someone is. As each character takes risks, crossing personal boundaries as well as legal borders — both literal and figurative — viewers will become invested as to what will pay off for whom.”Salon
“Woolf wasn’t the only one to “blue-pencil” out the servants. While literature is filled with famous governesses—Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Thackeray’s Becky Sharp, and the unnamed narrator in James’s “The Turn of the Screw,” to name a few—the same isn’t true for housemaids.”The New Yorker
“It is a beautiful and sensitive presentation of Carroll’s book featuring the art of twelve post-Tenniel illustrators. The ebook can be enjoyed as a conventional read (on a tablet, that is), you can peruse the art alone, listen to it, but best of all are the animations which combine art and story fabulously.”Huffington Post
Plus-Size Barbie Sparks Online Debate Over Body Image – So this is the one where Plus Size Modeling.com posted a plus sized Barbie image to their Facebook page, and they got lots of supportive comments like: “This whole plus-size Barbie thing is utterly ridiculous. Since apparently we’re encouraging obesity, lets also come out with diabetes Barbie.” Apparently the “triple chins” was perceived as “promoting obesity.” *sigh*Yahoo News
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