Round up #274: the adventure of the standing ruling, infringer down
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
Infringing site taken down
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that a site was reproducing all of the posts in this blog…every day..verbatim…without permission.
One of my readers, Clint Bradford, suggested I use
to find out who the host was, to report the infringement.
That didn’t work exactly, because the company it said was hosting it wasn’t actually the right one. It identified GoDaddy, and that company was nice enough to give me the accurate name, lunarpages.
After informing lunarpages, within days, the site was down.
To me, this is a story about the good in the world.
The website was infringing…that’s not good, although it could have been done out of ignorance.
I first notified Google AdSense, and they apparently pulled their ads…thanks, Google!
Then Clint helped me…thanks, Clint!
Then GoDaddy helped me…thanks, GoDaddy! They weren’t under any obligation to do that.
Then lunarpages helped me…thanks, lunarpages!
On balance, there was a lot more good in this sequence than bad…and that’s the assessment I generally make of the world. :)
Fire TV $15 off
I use our
every day, and it’s on sale right now for $84 instead of $99. They’ve been putting it on sale on and off, and there may be more sales before the holidays…although I don’t think this specific sale will be continuous until then.
You can get that one right away, unlike the
which is currently expected to arrive for consumers placing new orders after January 16, 2015. I’m glad I recommended that people jump on the chance to buy it…and lots of people did do so!
These two devices will work well with the new Prime benefit announced today in this
With Prime photos, Prime members get unlimited Cloud storage of their photos…and can view them easily on many devices.
That is a really nice additional benefit: we now have shipping; Prime video; Prime music; the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library; and early access to Lightning deals.
U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Sherlock Holmes case
I’ve written before about a legal fight going on over the copyright status of Sherlock Holmes.
It’s a bit tricky. In the USA, most of the original Holmes stories are clearly in the public domain. There are a few stories, though, that are not. The estate essentially argued that, when people write fiction about Holmes, it is likely influenced (and some cases, specifically so) by those still under protection works…so that new unauthorized may be infringing.
The Supreme Court declined to review a lower court ruling saying that wasn’t the case…making it okay to write new Holmes works without obtaining permission or paying royalties, but keeps the ten stories which were under protection in that condition.
In other words, you can go ahead and write a new Holmes story…
EBOOK FRIENDLY is especially good at finding clever e-book related images, and I thank them for the heads up on this one:
This is a fascinating
It analyzes libraries in some very intriguing ways. One thing is that people are now trying to measure the impact a given library has on the community…the article says specifically:
Outcomes are an entirely different matter. They are changes experienced by library users—changes in knowledge, skills, attitude, behavior, status, or condition.
One of the stats they give us is circulation per capita…and the library listed with the highest is in Avalon, New Jersey, with a very high 121.6. The next one only has 95.5, so you can see it is a stand-out.
Why your favorite author’s next book isn’t finished
reports on a survey of authors by Stop Procrastinating about what distracts them from writing.
23% said “videos of animal internet celebrities”, while 4% said…sex.
What do you think? If you are a writer, what keeps you from writing? I hope reading is on that list! After all, that’s probably one of the best fuels for the literary engine. Are you satisfied with the outcome of the infringing site being taken down…or do you think that was too harsh or not harsh enough? Do you think libraries should be measured by their impacts…or should they simply stand as a public good with no performance evaluation? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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