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“Twilight” Zone: Producers of Parody Sue Lionsgate, Summit | Variety

“Twilight” Zone: Producers of Parody Sue Lionsgate, Summit | Variety.  The makers of a parody of the “Twilight” franchise have filed a whopping $500 million suit against Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, claiming that they have engaged in “anti-competitive” conduct by abusing intellectual property law and squelching their efforts to find a distributor for their movie.

Odds of Passing a National Shield Law a Respectable 17%

Posted May 24, 2013

By highlighting journalists’ needs to protect confidential sources and other information, the Justice Department’s recent seizing of AP phone records without notice may finally lead to passage of a federal press shield law.

via Odds of Passing a National Press Shield Law? A Respectable 17%, Says GovTrack. | The Authors Guild.

Several New Sites for Authors

Royalty management software provider MetaComet will formally launch AuthorPortal, a cloud-based author-publisher management tool they say is akin to those offered by the largest houses and Amazon, provided at a lower, more independent publisher-friendly price. AuthorPortal will integrate directly with RoyaltyTracker and use an open API.

The Nation is the latest magazine to move into publishing ebooks with eBookNation, which will feature both original works by the magazine’s writers as well as collections culled from the archives. The debut title is Gore Vidal’s State of the Union, Nation Essays 1958-2005, followed by an essay collection by Molly Ivins. The title is sold directly from the magazine’s site in EPUB and PDF, as well as through major eBook platforms. The new line is in addition to the Nation Books imprint, started in 2000, run as a partnership with the Perseus Books Group.

The Discovery Channel’s How Stuff Works is creating a line of interactive ebooks with Sourcebooks.

Business process outsourcing company FirstSource has received a US patent for DigiExpress, an automated system for licensing and acquiring rights and permissions for third-party copyrighted content. Consultant Robert Kasher says in a release, “Digi’s patented technology enables publishers, small presses and independent self-publishers to buy and sell licenses for copyrighted content rapidly and efficiently using automated processes, while also enabling publishers to exercise oversight and monetary control over the rights they own and the rights they license enterprise-wide.”

Alo officially launching recently after a lengthy beta stage is BookLikes, a blogging platform focused on book lovers that pitches itself as “Goodreads and Tumblr combined” (aka an Amazon service and a Yahoo service all-in-one).

Finally, Bowker recently launched SelfPublishedAuthor.com, a new web resource that provides information and advice for authors looking to self-publish.

Anthologies That (Mostly) Stand the Test of Time – NYTimes.com

Anthologies That (Mostly) Stand the Test of Time

By GREGORY COWLES

Fiction anthologies don’t always stand the test of time. There is, surrounding prize anthologies especially, an inevitable whiff of Ozymandias — these were the best writers of their day, the editors proclaimed, yet who today has heard of most of them?

via Anthologies That (Mostly) Stand the Test of Time – NYTimes.com.

Scarlett Johansson to Make Her Directorial Debut — Vulture

Scarlett Johansson to Make Her Directorial Debut

By Jesse David Fox

Scarlett Johansson’s agents are having a busy Cannes. It was announced today that, after getting cast as co-star in Jon Favreau’s Chef, Scarlett Johansson will be directing her first feature. Entitled Summer Crossing, it is an adaptation of a Truman Capote novel of the same name.

via Scarlett Johansson to Make Her Directorial Debut — Vulture.

Who is the Baddest of them All? Ukraine, says U.S. Gov | The Authors Guild

The U.S. government is calling out Ukraine for its shoddy enforcement of intellectual property rights laws, putting the Eastern European nation literally in a class by itself among trading partners who fail to protect copyright holders.

via Who is the Baddest of them All? Ukraine, says U.S. Gov | The Authors Guild.

Indies Put Their Passion Behind Debut Authors | The Authors Guild

We couldn’t agree more: “The relationship between booksellers and emerging authors is markedly symbiotic,” Elizabeth Knapp writes in Bookselling this Week, announcing the  lineup of fall titles for the ABA’s new Celebrate Debut Authors With Indies program.

via Indies Put Their Passion Behind Debut Authors | The Authors Guild.

IRS Wrong To Target ‘Patriots’–But Also To Let Non-Profits Play Politics – The Daily Beast

Forget slow-news Friday. The IRS admission today that it singled out for scrutiny political action committees with the words “Tea Party” and “Patriot” in their names rocketed around the Internet, fueling conservatives’ feeling of persecution.

via IRS Wrong To Target ‘Patriots’–But Also To Let Non-Profits Play Politics – The Daily Beast.