Critical Linking: November 16, 2013

When asked if she thought she herself would be blamed if the movie didn’t meet fans’ expectations, James said, “Oh God, of course they will. They hold me responsible for everything.”

That’s a sticky spot for E.L. James PUT TOTALLY INTENDED I’m so sorry.

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After more than eight years of litigation, Judge Denny Chin today dismissed the Authors Guild’s lawsuit over Google’s library book scanning project. In his 30-page decision, Chin not only dismissed the case against Google, he delivered a ringing endorsement of Google’s scanning program, bolstered the concept of fair use, and leveled a rebuke to the Authors Guild.

“In my view, Google Books provides significant public benefits,” Chin wrote. “It advances the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders.”

Well. There you have it.

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A novelist craves solitude. Reality TV craves intrusion. So, what happens when writing becomes a broadcast spectacle?

That question will soon be answered on Italian state television, which on Sunday is introducing “Masterpiece,” a show in which aspiring authors vie at literary challenges until one contestant wins a major book deal — and a level of publicity that few novelists achieve over a lifetime of quiet toil.

Would you watch this? I can’t decide if I would watch this. 

 

 

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