Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, 52, has been found guilty of first degree murder of John Sohus in 1985. Sohus and his wife Linda were active in LASFS until their disappearance. Gerhartsreiter, who has used the aliases Christopher Chichester and Clark Rockefeller, is believed to have murdered both of the Sohuses, although Linda’s body has never been found. Gerhartsreiter originally claimed the couple had left on vacation, but John’s remains were discovered by a construction crew in 1994.
Nancy A. Collins and others have called for a boycott of Dragon*Con, the Atlanta multi-media convention held over Labor Day weekend, due to shareholder Ed Kramer receiving a reported annual dividend from the company of more than $150,000. Kramer, a founder of the convention, was first arrested in 2000 on child molestation charges which have yet to come to trial.
A Federal Court ruled that Joe Shuster’s heirs do not have the right to reclaim copyright on Superman, a character co-created by Shuster and Jerry Siegel. The judge noted that a 1992 agreement to receive annual payments from DC Comics in exchange for all rights to the character made by Shuster’s sister superseded the Shuster heirs’ claim under “termination rights” in U.S. copyright law. In 2008, Siegel’s widow was able to successfully reclaim some of the copyright.
The Philip K. Dick Trust has refiled a lawsuit against George Nolfi and Media Rights Capital, claiming breach of contract and other causes of action based on the film The Adjustment Bureau, which is an adaptation of Dick’s story “The Adjustment Team.” Nolfi and MRC have counterfiled seeking a declaration of right to the story, claiming that the story was in public domain at the time the film was made and no payments to the estate are required.
Hobby Star is suing Wizard World over the use of the name Toronto Comicon. Hobby Star has run the Toronto Comicon for several years and claims that the newer Wizard World Toronto Comic Con is infringing on its name and misrepresenting itself as being related. Hobby Star is also claiming Wizard World is defaming Hobby Star by claiming that company is threatening reprisals against vendors who exhibit at both events.
A teacher at Schofield Middle School in Aiken County, South Carolina has been placed on administrative leave after a 14-year old student and his parents complained that the teacher read pornographic material to them. According to the student’s complaint, the teacher read from three works which the student found in appropriate, including Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. After learning that the school was going to handle the matter internally, the family filed a complaint with the police department, when the school failed to notify under a South Carolina law requiring police notification whenever there is a possibility of criminal activity.
Harlan Ellison has dropped his lawsuit against Andrew Niccol’s film In Time. Ellison had previously alleged that In Time was based on his short story “Repent Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman,” and there was an erroneous report that the suit was settled. Ellison has now seen the film and decided to voluntarily dismiss the action. Despite earlier reports, including on this site, at no time was Ellison promised payment or screen credit on the film.
Harlan Ellison’s lawsuit against New Regency and director Andrew Niccol over plagiarism for their film In Time has been settled. Ellison claimed that In Time was based on his 1965 story “Repent, Harlequin! Said The Ticktockman.” Ellison’s original lawsuit asked that all copies of the film be destroyed, its release stopped, and he be paid compensatory damages. The settlement calls for the film’s release to go ahead with an on-screen credit for Ellison.
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Author Mitchell Gross, who publishes fantasy under the name Mitchell Graham, has been arrested for fraud. According to federal authorities, Gross bilked women he met on on-line dating sites out of millions of dollars. Under his Graham pseudonym, Gross published the novels The Fifth Ring, The Ancient Legacy, and The Emerald Cavern.
Harlan Ellison has filed a lawsuit claiming that the upcoming FOX film In Time is a copyright infringement of his Hugo and Nebula Award-winning story “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said The Ticktockman.” The lawsuit seeks an injunction to prevent the film’s release and the disposal of all copies of the film.