Tuesday News: SCOTUS rejects Conan Doyle estate, Ebook product placement, Marvel expands the comics canon, and amazing libraries
The high court’s non-action means author Leslie Klinger does not have to pay license fees to the estate as he publishes modern anthologies of works featuring the famous detective, as long as they don’t infringe on new elements of the character Doyle introduced in works published in the 1920s that still fall under copyright. –Variety
The scene was brought to you by the Cumberland Packing Corporation, the Brooklyn-based company that makes Sweet’N Low. Cumberland Packing invested about $1.3 million in “Find Me I’m Yours.”
Product placement in a novel might strike some as unseemly. But “Find Me, I’m Yours” is not like most novels. It’s an e-book, a series of websites and web TV shows, and a vehicle for content sponsored by companies. And if it succeeds, it could usher in a new business model for publishers, one that blurs the lines between art and commerce in ways that are routine in TV shows and movies but rare in books. –New York Times
At last week’s grand unveiling, the studio laid out its plans for the next five years. By 2019, we’ll have gone through a whopping 10 new films, all expanding on what came before them in the Marvel film mythos and all in service of creating a movie universe vaster than anything we’ve ever seen in theaters. Since Marvel wants to own every last screen worth paying attention to, it’s asking us all to invest fully into what’s even now an incredibly dense canon.
If any of us hope to keep up, we can’t just watch the movies — we’ll have to study them to even understand them. Magic, galactic warfare and multiple dimension will, if Marvel has its way, become normal topics of conversation. Basically, we’re all about to becomeThe Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy. –The Verge