Ender’s Game Lawsuit

NIAD Management is suing Orson Scott Card for commissions due from the film and web adaptations of Ender’s Game. When Card signed with NIAD in 2006, the contract specifically noted that they would not receive commissions on the Ender’s Game film optioned by Warner Bros. When the Warners option expired in 2008, the project was shopped to other studios and NIAD claims that the exclusion clause only applies to the project made by Warners, not subsequent projects.

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Rosenberg Trial Date Set

At a preliminary hearing on May 2, Joel Rosenberg’s trial date for his December 8, 2010 arrest on felony dangerous weapon at a courthouse and misdemeanor contempt of court was set. Rosenberg’s lawyers argued that City Hall is not a courthouse, but merely contained a single room which was used as a courtroom. Rosenberg’s trial will begin on August 8.

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Google Books Settlement Rejected

Judge Denny Chin has rejected the Google Books Settlement, saying that the search engine’s agreement was too broad and “would arguably give Google control over the search market” for books. The agreement between Google and the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers was dismissed without prejudice, which means that Google and the organizations can revise the agreement and resubmit it in a way that gives better protection to copyright owners.

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Charges in Sohus Murder

Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who has also gone by the names “Clark Rockefeller,” “Christopher Crowe,” and “Christopher Chichester,” has been charged with the 1985 murder of LA fan and LASFS member Jonathan Sohus. Gerhartsreiter, who was using the Chichester name at the time, was a tenant of Sohus and his wife, Linda. Both Jonathan and Linda disappeared in 1985, but only Jonathan’s remains have been found.

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Borders Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Borders Books and Music filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on February 16. It plans to close about 30% of its stores over the next several weeks. The Chapter 11 filing allows Borders to reorganize its operations while it seeks new capital.

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Rosenberg Legal Defense Fundraiser

A dinner to raise money for the Joel Rosenberg Legal Defense Fund will be held on Sunday, January 2 at 6:30 at the AmericInn Chanhassen in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The dinner is limited to 40 attendees, but donations can be made by those not attending as well. Rosenberg was arrested earlier this month and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon in a courthouse and contempt of court.

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Frazetta Feud Renewed

Frank Frazetta, Jr. has filed a lawsuit against his three siblings claiming they violated the terms of the settlement by failing to pay him the 25-percent share of the estate his father intended him to have and failed to provide an accurate accounting of the business dealings involving his father’s art and have not involved him in their decisions as agreed. Shortly before Frank Frazetta’s death, Frank Frazetta, Jr. had broken into his father’s museum with a backhoe as part of a squabble with his father.

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Fantasy Author Arrested

Fantasy author Joel Rosenberg was arrested and charged with felony dangerous weapon at a courthouse and misdemeanor contempt of court on December 8. The charges stem from an incident on November 5 when Rosenberg visited the courthouse to make a request for documents. Minneapolis Sgt. William Palmer noticed Rosenberg was armed and tried to disarm him.

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Bears Battle Gutenberg Over Anderson

Greg and Astrid Bear and Karen Anderson have accused Project Gutenberg of posting stories written by Poul Anderson in violation of copyright. Project Gutenberg claims the stories, originally published in the 1940s and 1950s, are in public domain. The Bears and Anderson state that the copyrights are current and belong to their family. Karen Anderson is Poul Anderson’s widow, Astrid and Greg Bear are Anderson’s daughter and son-in-law.

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Actor Found Guilty

Actor Shelley Malil has been found guilty of attempted murder after stabbing his girlfriend more than twenty times during a quarrel in 2008. He was acquitted of an additional charge of residential burglary. Malil faces up to 16 years in prison. Best known for his role in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Malil’s genre credits include episodes of The Adventures of Briscoe County, Jr., Good vs. Evil, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and the film My Favorite Martian.

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