Thursday News: AAP numbers released, Hungary wants to tax the internet, NY court strikes down cyberbullying law, and The Poetry Brothel
Children’s drove a rise across trade publishing in the US generally throughout the period measured. Overall, the entire trade publishing sector was up 4.1% for the first seven months of the year, boosted by children’s and YA which experienced a 25.8% rise. Adult fiction and non-fiction dipped by 2.2% in comparison. –The Bookseller
According to Reuters, at first, the government planned to tax data transfers at a rate of 62 cents per gigabyte, but faced with protests, it decided to cap the tax at $2.89 per month for individuals and $20.62 a month for corporations.
The concession, however, was not enough to keep Hungarians from the streets. –NPR
The court took issue with the county’s legislation, adopted in 2010, which defined the crime of cyberbullying as any act of communicating or causing a communication to be sent by mechanical or electronic means, including posting statements on the Internet or through a computer or email network; disseminating embarrassing or sexually explicit photographs; disseminating private, personal, false or sexual information; or sending hate mail, with no legitimate private, personal or public purpose and with the intent to harass, annoy, threaten, abuse, taunt, intimidate, torment, humiliate or otherwise inflict significant emotional harm on another person.
The New York court recognized that bullying “has been exacerbated by technological innovations and the widespread dissemination of electronic information using social media sites.” However, the court noted that its plain language showed the statute to be of “alarming breadth.” –ABA Journal
The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. Based in concept on the fin-de-siecle bordellos in New Orleans and Paris, many of which functioned as safe havens for fledgling, avant-garde artists, The Poetry Brothel’s “Madame” presents a rotating cast of poets as “whores,” each operating within a carefully constructed character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private, one-on-one poetry readings in back rooms. –The Poetry Brothel