Morning Coffee – 17 September 2018

Morning Coffee - 17 September 2018 Morning Coffee

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

 

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

10 Comments

  1. Felix17 September, 2018

    Re: the Star Trek Discovery lawsuit:

    You can’t sell copies of Harry Potter but you can write your own story about a child wizard that goes to a magic school.

    At which point J.K. Rowling will sue your sorry ass, and her fans will dogpile you, because the law, especially copyright law, applies differently to the rich and famous. Funny how the little people can never seem to use the “you can’t copyright ideas” defense. And by the way, I remember Paramount filing lawsuit against the creators of a Star Trek fan film in terms so broad it would have covered all space opera ever written.

    But hey, human beings are nothing if not hypocritical, isn’t it.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder17 September, 2018

      except Neil Gaiman wrote that story before she did, and there were others before him

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  2. Felix17 September, 2018

    So? The history of 20th century art is full of cases where people borrowed from predecessors only to turn around and threaten or sue those who tried to borrow from them in turn. Hypocrisy, thy name is successful artist. And guess which people can actually afford to sue.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder17 September, 2018

      LOL, this is true

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      1. Disgusting Dude17 September, 2018

        Except people have already followed in Rowling’s footsteps and she hadn’t bothered to sue.

        DC among many. (And it wasn’t with Timothy Hunter but rather with Zatanna.)

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        1. Nate Hoffelder17 September, 2018

          I didn’t mean to say she did it, just that it happens.

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          1. Disgusting Dude17 September, 2018

            She has sued, but not over that.
            She’s no pushover but neither is she an overreaching bully. Just reasonably protecting her product.

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  3. Allen F17 September, 2018

    “So? The history of 20th century art is full of cases where people borrowed from predecessors only to turn around and threaten or sue those who tried to borrow from them in turn.”

    Hmm, Disney comes to mind for some reason …

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  4. Felix18 September, 2018

    You mean she was afraid to take on a much bigger playground bully? How generous of her.

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  5. Gordon Horne18 September, 2018

    I have one small quibble with the Star Trek article.

    From the article:
    “[To prove that the team from Star Trek: Discovery copied from him] will be difficult enough. Tardigrades was announced in May 2014. Star Trek: Discovery was announced in November 2015. Most likely, Star Trek: Discovery was in the works well before anything was made public about Tardigrades.”

    Except there are several allegations, including from people associated with Star Trek: Discovery, that the substantial similarities were added to scripts in revisions when the show runner changed during production (and well after the initial announcement). The relevant date is not when ST:D was announced, but when the allegedly infringing details were first written down.

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