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Friday News: Sherlock Holmes enters public domain, Chelsea Handler signs with Netflix, women writers and alcohol, and World Cup sex rules

Friday News: Sherlock Holmes enters public domain, Chelsea Handler signs with...

JUDGES RELEASE SHERLOCK – Score one for the public domain, as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed the character of Sherlock Holmes — in all but the last works — out of copyright jail. What do you think… more

Friday News: Teslas says no to patents, how Netflix uses data, RIP Ruby Dee, and July Jane Austen Festival

Friday News: Teslas says no to patents, how Netflix uses data,...

All Our Patent Are Belong To You – So Tesla has removed the “wall of patents” in its headquarters in the spirit of open source, and will not longer legally pursue anyone who uses its technology. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO,… more

Tuesday News: HarperCollins v. Open Road redux, the conundrum of hashtag activism, sharing and creative production, and First Books on diversity in kid’s lit

Tuesday News: HarperCollins v. Open Road redux, the conundrum of hashtag...

Harper Seeks Injunction in Dispute with Open Road – HarperCollins has just upped the ante in their lawsuit against Open Road, filing for a permanent injunction to block the publication of the digital version of Julie of the Wolves, as… more

Tuesday News: Tarantino sues Gawker, James Baldwin and Audre Lorde converse, digital publishing is growing in India, successful books are vivisected, and more questions emerge about new Adobe DRM strategy

Tuesday News: Tarantino sues Gawker, James Baldwin and Audre Lorde converse,...

Quentin Tarantino sues Gawker for circulating ‘Hateful Eight’ script – Well, this might be interesting. I say “might” because who knows if the case will ever see the inside of a courtroom. There’s a lot going on here, beyond the… more

Friday News: Another author goes self-pub; Yelp must unmask anonymous reviewers; the strange case of a $5m painting; paid books reviews redux; and the first US all-digital public library

Friday News: Another author goes self-pub; Yelp must unmask anonymous reviewers;...

GF Newman on self-publishing: ‘There are huge changes coming’ – Beyond the giddy optimism some traditionally published authors bring to self-publishing, I think it’s interesting to see how different authors approach the business of becoming their own publisher. GF Newman,… more

Monday News: More self-publishing and subscription news, holiday gifts, publishing insights, intellectual property data, and opinions about women

Monday News: More self-publishing and subscription news, holiday gifts, publishing insights,...

Smashwords Website Revamp And Scribd Deal – Not only did Smashwords dramatically update and revise its website, but it has also entered into a distribution deal with Scribd, including Scribd’s new $8.99/month subscription service. According to Smashwords founder Mark Coker: “For Scribd’s… more