Watts Sentencing

Canadian science fiction author Peter Watts, who was found guilty of refusing to comply with multiple orders during a random inspection at the Blue Water Bridge, was sentenced on April 26 to a 60 day suspended jail sentence and payment of $1,628 in court fees and fines. Watts’s sentence was much more lenient than the sentencing recommendations called for.

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Frazetta Feud Resolved

Frank Frazetta has agreed to drop trademark infringement charges against his son, Alfonso Frank Frazetta, Jr. The suit alleged that the younger Frazetta had appropriated the Frazetta trademark and artwork without older Frazetta’s permission. According to a statement made by the family, “all the litigation surrounding his family and his art has been resolved. All of Frank’s children will now be working together as a team to promote his remarkable collection of images that has inspired people for decades.”

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Watts Found Guilty

Canadian SF author Peter Watts has been found guilty of assaulting resisting and obstructing a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. The charges stem from an incident when Watts was stopped at the Blue Water Bridge on Dec. 8 and was beaten and pepper sprayed. The jury began deliberating on March 18 and returned a verdict on the morning of March 19. Watts faces up to two years in prison when he is sentenced on April 26.

Updated to correct charge. The Times-Herald reporter misrepresented the verdict.

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Watts Trial Begins

Peter Watts’s trial on charges of resisting arrest stemming from a December incident in which he was beaten and pepper-sprayed, began on March 16. Following opening statements, the prosecution called the first of its four witnesses.

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Google Book Settlement Workshop

On January 20, from 2-4:30, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, ASJA, the National Writers Union, NWU, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are sponsoring a workshop to examine what the Google Book Settlement means to authors. James Grimmelmann and Lynn Chu are both scheduled to speak, and additional speakers will be announced. The event is scheduled to take place at the New York NWU office, 256 w. 38th St., 12th floor, between 7th and 8th. Attendees should RSVP by calling 212-997-0947 or sending an e-mail to asjaoffice AT asja.org. (Put “Google settlement” in the subject line)

Dick’s Daughter Sues Google

Isa Dick hackett, the daughter of SF author Philip K. Dick, is suing Google, claiming that some of the Nexus One’s features use names taken from her father’s books.

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Watts Bound Over

Following a preliminary examination on December 22, District Court Judge John Monaghan declared Canadian science fiction author Peter Watts should be bound over for trial on charges of assault and resisting arrest. If convicted, Watts faces up to two years in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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Peter Watts in Border Dispute

Science fiction author Peter Watts was stopped by US border guards on his way home to Canada on December 8 and beaten and pepper-sprayed before being arrested. Watts faces a felony rap for assaulting a federal officer, which can carry a two year prison sentence and a lifetime ban from the United States. A legal defense fund has been set up to aid Watts in his defense.

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Senter Pleads Guilty

Shane Senter has pled guilty to four counts of the indictment against him. When sentencing occurs later this month, he is expected to receive 5 years probation, not be allowed to own, operate, manage or control a business where he takes payments/deposits up front, and be ordered to pay restitution.

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Lord of the Rings Settlement

New Line Cinema has reached an undisclosed agreement with the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien and HarperCollins Books over royalties from The Lord of the Rings films. The estate alleged that they had not seen a single penny from the successful movie franchise and the dispute was threatening production of the two-film version of The Hobbit, scheduled to begin filming in 2010.

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