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THIS IS FOR REAL MAKO

Lionsgate Sues Twilight Parody That Sued Them For Having a Twilight Monopoly

Last spring we told you the riveting tale how Behind the Lines Productions, creator of the Twilight parody Twiharderdecided to sue Lionsgate and Summit on the grounds that they’re big meanies who unfairly monopolize the Twilight franchise… a franchise they, y’know, own the rights to. Behind the Lines has some gumption, I’ll give them that. Except now that gumption’s gotten them countersued by Lionsgate, whose 204 page countercomplaint can be basically summed up as “…You guys aren’t serious, right?”

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For A More Civilized Age

That Time A UK Court Denied A Man’s Wish For Trial By Combat And Ruined All Our Fun

Over what infraction did one man ask a court for trial by combat? Click ahead to find out!

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Today in Boobs

Supreme Court May Decide Boobies Case

There’s a lot here in this story. There’s a couple of fifteen year old girls who were barred from handing out breast cancer awareness bracelets by their school district. There’s the much debated trend in breast cancer awareness campaigns to skew to a focus on the sexual appeal of breasts rather than the saving of lives as the motivating factor. There’s the parents who thought that this was a violation of their daughters’ First Amendment rights that was worth taking it all the way to a federal appeals court.

But mostly, there’s the undeniably delightful idea that a Supreme Court justice of America might say the word “boobies” on the record during a session.

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Insidery

Apple Found Guilty of eBook Price Fixing; Amazon Cackles, Twirls Moustache

I can’t blame you if you haven’t been following the Department of Justice’s suit against Apple and (originally) five other book publishers for price fixing in the eBook market. It’s kind of arcane and weird, but it’s an arcane and weird thing that may affect the entire electronic book market, and if you’re the kind of book reader who looks at gamers flipping out about DRM that places unreasonable requirements on the user and thinks “there but for the grace of God go I,” you might want to pay attention. Just in case.

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Today In Obvious

Someone Tried To Kickstart A Where the Wild Things Are Sequel Book

Why do people think they can get away with crowdfunding something that doesn’t belong to them? 

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Meanwhile...

Summit Entertainment Is Being Sued For An Egregious Amount Of Money By A Twilight Parody Company

Wait until you hear why.

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the internet is serious business

Makers of Fifty Shades Porn Parody Countersue Universal, Claim the Book is Public Domain Because Fanfiction

So you may have heard that there’s a porn parody of Universal’s putative NC-17 rated Fifty Shades of Grey movie, even though Universal hasn’t even cast it yet. And some of those among you who were not aware are now surely nodding and saying “Yes, this was inevitable.” Well, it was also inevitable that Universal would sue the Fifty Shades porn parody for copyright and trademark infringement, which they are doing.

But what wasn’t inevitable was that Smash Pictures, the makers of Fifty Shades of Grey: A XXX Adaptation, would come up with an even moderately clever counter suit.

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You know nothing Jon Snow

Game of Thrones Director Says Piracy Is Ok While The Copyright Alert System Is Warning Consumers Against It

It didn’t really surprise anyone to find out HBO’s Game of Thrones was the most pirated show of 2012. After all, HBO is a paid subscription service and many people don’t like their limited expensive options in a world immediate entertainment. But I suppose it doesn’t help the cause when one of the people working the show, a director to be more specific, publicly says he doesn’t mind when people pirate his show. And it just so happens that The Copyright Alert System is about to start sending us all notices to stop the illegal downloads. Great timing, dude. 

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Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

If This Lawsuit Succeeds, It Could Break Amazon’s Dominance of the eBook Market

The new and growing market for eBooks has allowed companies to call into question some of the basic and universal characteristics of reading and owning books. That you can loan them to your friends, for example, or that by purchasing a book you’re also purchasing the ability to read it whenever you want, wherever you want, until you lose it, donate it, give it away, or wear through its well-loved spine.

eBook publishers have, to put it mildly, established that these are qualities of a book that they do not intend to carry over to the new format, which is to a certain extent fine, so long as consumers know what they’re getting into. But the eBook market also has other problems, namely accusations of price fixing, and, due to the combination of software that limits the kind of device a given eBook can be read on and the dominance of the Kindle over the eReader market, bullying tactics. A new lawsuit filed by three independent bookstores is looking to strike at the heart of the problem: the insistance of eReader makers that their books should not be readable on other devices.

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Not all that glitters is gold

You Might Be Able To Play A Hobbit Slot Machine At The Newly Trademarked Middle-Earth Theme Park

Two Tolkien estate stories in one day? Are they trying to steal Beyonce’s thunder or something? 

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