If you mean London the last paragraph of the linked article states "Neighbors said London has moved to North Carolina. A hearing on the criminal charges against her is scheduled for Nov. 8. Her lawyer declined comment."
Public domain work is becoming part of new works all the time currently with such mashup as Pride and Prejudice with Zombies and books of that ilk. The only part a modern author can claim copyright on is the part he or she wrote. The original words of the author remain in public domain.
I was a member of the first generation to be babysat by television. I've seen all the television that I need to see in my life. I cut my personal cord in 1997. We still had cable at the office. We got rid of it in 2009.
I've noticed the box with the cable interface is left open at my house about every 6 months. Apparently the sole available cable provider cannot believe that I am not pirating cable and keeps coming by to check after 14 years. I wish he would learn to close the box.
Ah, Deebs AKA Wolff. I see exactly what her problem is. There's been a serious dip in Mass Market Paperback Sales, even romances-- in fact romance readers seemed to have embraced ereaders with passionate abandon. *I honestly tried to work in a reference to burgeoning man lance, but couldn't do think of a way to do it.* Her current publishers appear to be Harlequin-- which has the monopoly on category romances, rarely pays well (their digital royalty rate until recently was 6% of the cover price)-- and NAL whose digital books are wildly over priced.
I went to see if anyone was even pirating her books and was not surprised to see that she had less than a 1000 completed downloads of torrents that were just her books-- not for example all the Harlequin Superromances from 2011 that happen to include one of her books. There were not new torrents either. Most recent was 5/2011, oldest was April 2009.
If she is losing her publishers due to lack of sales, I would submit its not because of piracy.
I was reading a British set mystery this weekend (Elizabeth Corley's Innocent Blood) and thought the reporters portrayed were over the top evil in their actions-- looks like the author had in fact pulled her punches instead.
One can become an involuntary public figure or a public figure in a very narrow area. Public figure is a legal term of art and for someone to be defined as such for legal purposes does not mean he or she needs to be widely known to the entire public.
I assume Biro's lawyer explained all of this to him though.
Actually the plays of Shakespeare have been retooled in many ways over the centuries including Shakespeare's own lifetime. Some of his plays such as King Lear exist in two different versions, both with authority. Certain passages would be emphasized or changed depending on current events or the tastes of the audience.
In some parts of the internet there are still people arguing up and down about those books. Some of them have built the world of Harry Potter into their delusion systems-- the Snape Wives who have all married Snape on the astral plane are probably the best known. Things are going to get very interesting.
Actually, Rowling has been pretty good about noncommercial uses of her fictional world. Except for the time she sued about the use of Hogwarts castle in a religious festival in India. The Court in India behaved very well, Rowling and her advisors got a black eye.
This is a very clever way to exploit her creation though. It may start a trend.
Is Whosearrested.com that nasty site where they put up mug shots from unexciting arrests and then will take then down if the person pays? My state tried to stop it from using the mug shots from the correctional system but I noticed it was doing it again.
The text message is arguably a violation of 47 USC 227 but I would never have been involved with this case. It's one of those where the plaintiff may be found to be technically right but should be awarded damages of a $1.00.
I vote for receiving confirmation notices. It makes it clear the request went through.
As for the requested amount: "(B) an action to recover for actual monetary loss from such a violation, or to receive $500 in damages for each such violation...." And the $500 is tripled for willful and knowing violation.
In the mid 70's on a land line phone it was thought that there was monitoring going on for certain words. One particular friend I would talk to would -without warning in the middle of a conversation about something apolitical- yell conspiracy, conspiracy, conspiracy. Ma Bell was still alive and assumed to be in the pocket of the government and the whole point was to keep the phone company busy chasing harmless conversations.