Tag: copyright

Decided: I’m No Fan Of “Fan Fiction”

Decided: I’m No Fan Of “Fan Fiction”

Remember my post on writers simply ignoring the existence of copyright as if it somehow doesn't apply to them? Apparently, Amazon hasn't caught on yet about James Bond "fan fiction" for sale on the site. Look at this screen capture of an email I recently received: We know how Amazon works by now. Merely because … Continue reading Decided: I’m No Fan Of “Fan Fiction”

“Bond” Can’t Just Jet Off To Mecca Because You Want Him To

“Bond” Can’t Just Jet Off To Mecca Because You Want Him To

Yesterday, spy novelist Jeremy Duns - creator of the Paul Dark novels - shared this discovery on Twitter: It's a "James Bond" novel. However, there's just one small problem with it: The "Bond" character, created by Ian Fleming, who died in 1964, is still in most jurisdictions protected by copyright. You cannot just self-publish a … Continue reading “Bond” Can’t Just Jet Off To Mecca Because You Want Him To

“Hey, that’s my movie!”

“Hey, that’s my movie!”

Perhaps you care more about this sort of thing when you actually create something that's yours. The idea of your work being stolen is, frankly, a nightmare. And that is why there is something called "copyright." The Guardian newspaper's reader comments on Ms. Sanon's reaction are intriguing. Yes, some wrote that she had a right … Continue reading “Hey, that’s my movie!”

One Way To Make “The Daily Beast”

One Way To Make “The Daily Beast”

What was I saying yesterday about what we leave behind as writers? About our words mattering? About our books following us forever? Well, not long after, I stumbled on that story. The article goes on to explain that the Chicago Teachers Union is NOT pleased: CTU spokesperson Stephanie Gadlin requested that the publisher remove a … Continue reading One Way To Make “The Daily Beast”

“Are you a typical American?”

“Are you a typical American?”

Last weekend, I searched British TV in vain for a Humphrey Bogart film. I was simply in the mood, and was depressed when I couldn't find one. Naturally, I informed (as one does nowadays) everyone on the planet who happened to be reading Twitter. And a Twitter friend came to the rescue. He pointed out … Continue reading “Are you a typical American?”

What “Clean Reader” Really Represents (To Me)

What “Clean Reader” Really Represents (To Me)

There seems to be an app for everything. But here's one I've missed. Evidently it's causing quite the stir in "authoring circles": In assailing it, author Joanne Harris is quoted in the UK Independent newspaper even invoking so-called ISIS and its wholesale destruction of Sumerian antiquities: "No permission is sought, or granted," Harris wrote. "There … Continue reading What “Clean Reader” Really Represents (To Me)