legal matters

Richard Blanco Selected Obama Inaugural Poet, Patricia Cornwell Suing Manager, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

Poet Richard Blanco will read an original composition for president Barack Obama’s second inauguration; novelist Hari Kunzru reports on the political climate in Hungary, and how it's shaping Hungary's cultural institutions; Patricia Cornwell is suing her former financial manager for upwards of one hundred million dollars; and other news.

A Brief History of the "P" Word

Julia Kamysz Lane

Public allegations of plagiarism are leveled at unsuspecting authors at least once a year, but their frequency doesn't diminish the calamitous results: bruised reputations, soured accusers, disenchanted readers, and riled media. This spectacle isn't, however, an invention of our media-saturated age. Public fascination with plagiarism is as old as our appetite for scandal.

French Publisher Sues Google for Damages

Adrian Versteegh

In the first major overseas legal challenge to its massive book-scanning project, Google’s French division was hit last week with a copyright infringement lawsuit. Publishing group La Martinière, backed by the editors association Syndicat national de l’édition (SNE) and the writers union Société des gens de lettres (SGDL), is asking a Paris court to force the Internet giant to halt its digitization of protected works and to levy a fine of eighteen million euros (about $26 million) as well as a per diem fine of one hundred thousand euros ($146,000).


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