Wednesday News: Disney sued, VTech hacked, fox fable wins, and Legos build hell
DISNEY SUED Man Says ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ STOLE HIS IDEAS – Disney, which is responsible for some of the most onerous copyright provisions — because we need to respect the rights holders, right?! — is being sued for — you guessed, it — INFRINGEMENT! The case has been filed in federal court in Texas (copyright is among the limited types of cases over which the federal courts have jurisdiction):
Dyke Robinson tells TMZ he created a book series called “Digiland” and even pitched the idea to Disney execs for a TV show in 2012. But according to the docs, Disney pulled the plug after reading Robinson’s script.
Later that year, Robinson watched ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ and says he was shocked to see it was riddled with his ‘Digiland’ imagery. – TMZ
Toymaker VTech hit by largest-ever hack targeting kids – VTech, which makes both kid and adult toys, was hacked to put the personal information of at least 4.9 million adults and 6.4 million children at risk (think massive identity theft potential here). This hack is particularly frightening because of the unprecedented number of children involved, and will likely catalyze governmental investigation of the company’s security measures.
Chris Wysopal, co-founder of cyber security firm Veracode, said it could be a wake up call for families in the same way that the hack on infidelity website Ashley Madison earlier this year made adults realize online data might not be safe.
VTech said in a statement that children’s profiles included name, gender and birth date. Stolen adult data included name, mailing address, email address, password retrieval questions, IP address and passwords.
The most VTech customers affected were in the United States, followed by France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands. – Yahoo!
Fox fable beats bestsellers to win Waterstones book prize – It should perhaps be no surprise that booksellers would judge a beautifully presented book like The Fox and the Star as winner of the Waterstones book prize. This is Coralie Pickford-Smith’s first book. The author is a senior book designer at Penguin to write and illustrate the book, which she describes as “about love, loss and learning to accept change.”
The full shortlist was
- SPQR by Mary Beard (Profile)
- The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith (Particular Books)
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions)
- Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (Canongate)
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday)
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (William Heinemann)
- The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks (Allen Lane)
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Picador) – BBC News
The nine circles of hell from Dante’s Inferno recreated in Lego by Mihai Michu – This. Is. Amazing. Can we get these in time for the holidays?! I particularly need Limbo for my office (although Lust is an absolute work of genius).
Romanian artist Mihai Marius Mihu spent seven months recreating the hellish visions of the nine circles of hell from Dante’s Divine Comedy using almost 40,000 Lego bricks. – The Telegraph