Category Archive: Digital Publishing

The California legislature has been busy, some might say spending California tax dollars on frivolous new laws that are muddied with ambiguity, unnecessarily over-burdensome, potentially violative of the First Amendment, and not likely to amount to significant consumer protection. Two new privacy laws, scheduled to take effect in 2014 and 2015 are likely to pose challenges for website owners, and – for at least one — face challenges in the courts.

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Since its release in March, 2013, “.com Disclosures” is the new hot read among ad law geeks and insomniacs, but it should be on the desk of every mobile and digital marketing executive in America. The FTC is taking the hard line when it comes to disclosures on electronic and tiny screens, and failure to …

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After filing over 275 lawsuits in almost 18 months, it seems as though Righthaven, LLC (“Righthaven”) may have run out of steam. Righthaven, a Nevada holding company, was founded in early 2010, for the sole purpose of filing copyright lawsuits on behalf of its clients, news content owners (such as Stephens Media).  Its methods involved …

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Joe Esposito, who blogs at “Scholarly Kitchen”, has a knack of distilling the influx issues in the tumultuous world of publishing. This most recent blog post is particularly helpful in making sense of the upheaval and seeing some patterns emerge. To quote a bit: “While one would be hard-pressed to find any publisher who does …

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Hard to believe that the last California statute prohibiting impersonation dates back to 1872. SB 1411, a bill passed last June, updates the law and makes malicious “e-personation” a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and a year in county jail. It is codified at Penal Code Section 528.5. More specifically, the new …

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In what many think proves the point that electronic and print publishing will be symbiotic, the E-print publisher, Ravenous Romance, has licensed the P-print publisher Red Wheel the world English rights to twelve Ravenous paranormal romance e-books in trade paperback editions to be retailed at $12.95 Proof perhaps that the ‘subsidiary rights’ clause of the …

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Ephemera is by definition written and printed matter that not intended to be retained or preserved. But six years ago the San Francisco couple, Rick and Megan Prelinger, dedicated a new library to ephemera of all kinds and descriptions in the Soma District of their city. In their webpage, the open handed, unguarded access policy …

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