Wednesday News: Two lawsuits, an author oversteps, and classic LGBT children’s books
Both the courts and iiNet are worried that Dallas Buyers Club will use a technique known as speculative invoicing.
This involves sending a legal threat to someone saying that unless they pay a sum of money they will take them to court. Often that sum of money is a few thousand dollars, when the actual loss to the rights holders would have been no more than a few hundred, or even only $5 as iiNet’s lawyers argued yesterday.
People often choose to settle, whether the sum is fair or not, because it will cost even more than that to take the matter to court. –news.com.au
The Gaye estate agreed to this exercise only under protest, arguing that, basically, if we limit copyright protection to the things that copyright protects, it’ll lead to a free-for-all over the unprotected elements of other older recordings, like the Beatles and Elvis. In their words, “Adopting such a position would create dangerous and potentially devastating precedent to the owners of such intellectual property.”
To that, the Thicke and Williams camp says: well, yeah. Copying the uncopyrighted elements of a song is just a matter of musical influence, and it’s how the system works. See, e.g., Interpol trying their hardest to be Joy Division, Lady Gaga doing the whole Madonna thing, the now-sorta-chuckleworthy allegations that Coldplay just rips off Radiohead, etc., etc. –Ratter
Created at the piercing pinnacle of the AIDS plague and amid an epidemic of homelessness, it is a highly symbolic, sensitive tale that reads almost like a cry for mercy, for light, for resurrection of the human spirit at a time of incomprehensible heartbreak and grimness. It is, above all, a living monument to hope — one built not on the denial of hopelessness but on its delicate demolition.
But the book’s true magic lies in its integration of Sendak’s many identities — the son of Holocaust survivors, a gay man witnessing the devastation of AIDS, a deft juggler of darkness and light.
Jack and Guy appear like a gay couple, and their triumph in rescuing the child resembles an adoption, two decades before that was an acceptable subject for a children’s book. “And we’ll bring him up / As other folk do,” the final pages read — and, once again, a double meaning reveals itself as two characters are depicted with wings on their backs, lifting off into the sky, lending the phrase “we’ll bring him up” an aura of salvation. In the end, the three curl up as a makeshift family amidst a world that is still vastly imperfect but full of love. –Brain Pickings