Thursday News: publishing profits down, piracy gone wild, return of the Star Wars franchise, and logical fallacies 101
Profits at Lagardere Publishing fell about 12% in 2014, dropping to 197 million euros from 223 million euros in 2013, parent company Lagardere reported Wednesday afternoon. Earlier this year, Lagadere reported that publishing sales dropped 3% to just over 2.0 billion euros as sales fell in its American subsidiary, Hachette Book Group, and in France. Publishing operating margins fell to 9.8% from 10.8% in 2013. –Publishers Weekly
If you follow IP news for long enough then you probably know that there are any number of sites which hide behind the fig leaf of legal protection afforded by the Safe Harbor provision of the DMCA. So long as sites like TUEBL respond to DMCA notices they can claim to be legit as Youtube or Facebook.
And if you’ve been following IP news for nearly as long then you also know that some anti-piracy companies are rather sloppy in their methods for identifying pirated content belonging to their clients and sending notices (see Techdirt for more details). –ink, Bits & Pixels (aka The Digital Reader)
Disney and Lucasfilm are also focusing on young adult (YA) readers with a series of novels that focus on the main characters from the original trilogy as “a way to introduce the heroes and villains of that original trilogy to a new audience that might not be as familiar as the audience that went and saw the films when they first came out,” Sugerman told EW.
The “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” YA book series includes a Princess Leia adventure called “Moving Target” by award-winning YA author Cecil Castellucci; a Luke Skywalker novel called “The Weapon of a Jedi” by Jason Fry, author of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia”; a Han Solo story called “Smuggler’s Run” by “Batwoman” comic book writer Greg Rucka; and “Lost Stars,” a book by “Evernight” series author Claudia Gray. –CNET
Host Mike Rugnetta (whom you might remember from the previous Idea Channel video we featured, “Math Might Not Actually Exist”) breaks down the fallacy in question, accompanying his explanation with a visual stream of illustrations, clips from movies, TV, and video games — and of course those mainstays of comment threads, animated GIFs. And he doesn’t just explain, he demonstrates, staging a short debate with a straw-filled, shoddily arguing version of himself each and every time. — Open Culture