Friday News: The Gap fights back against racist graffiti; CreateSpace offers matte covers; Rebecca Tushnet on fan fiction and mash-ups

Friday News: The Gap fights back against racist graffiti; CreateSpace offers...

“This whole story just proves that we do not live in a post-racial America yet when South Asians and those perceived to be Muslims cannot even grace fashion advertisements without racial epithets being directed their way.” Huffington Post

“Plots and standard characters aren’t protected. To the extent that James took some basic tropes (older accomplished man with a dark past, young inexperienced woman to whom he’s drawn and who eventually captures his heart), those are free for everyone. Many successful novelists start with slightly tweaked versions of their own favorite characters; as long as the expression is sufficiently different, they’re just participating in a genre, not infringing copyright. “ io9

“The month isnt even over yet, but NaNoWriMo has already received close to a million dollars in donations, with writers in Antarctica, Tanzania, Ukraine, Pakistan, Jerusalem, Brazil, Germany, and in regions all over the U.S. In Texas, some 10,000 writers are participating, including Rebecca Atman, a student at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus in Arlington.” NPR