Daily Archives: April 4, 2013

French Book Theft Targets American Writers Too

Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin Among Award-Winning Writers On French “Copyright Theft” List

Among the authors I found in the registry are Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin, Samuel R. Delany, and R.A. Rafferty. You won’t find them by searching for their names in the author field, but the anthology in question shows up in a free text search using their names. Although ReLIRE doesn’t present the catalog details, apparently it does use them to present search results. Here is the catalog listing from the Bibliothèque National de France.

Now that some prominent American names are in the crosshairs, will this news finally get some goddammed traction?

Previously here:

French Government To Steal Books
France’s Writers Sold Down The River
France’s Book Grab: Worse Than Google Books

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R.I.P. Carmine Infantino, Artist

Carmine Infantino Passes Away At Age 87

Carmine Infantino, legendary comic book artist and former DC Comics editorial director, passed away today. He was 87.

DC was known as National Periodical Publications during his reign.

Infantino took on the position of DC Comics editorial director in the 1960s, hiring Dick Giordano and promoting Joe Orlando, Joe Kubert and Mike Sekowsky to editors at the publisher. During Infantino’s tenure as editorial director, Neal Adams and Denny O’Neil joined DC — Infantino even managed to hire then-Marvel mainstay Jack Kirby to the publisher.

Hiring away Kirby gave us the immortal Fourth World series. For that alone, he is bound for Heaven.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Writer Roger Ebert

R.I.P. Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert – An Appreciation

There will be many words from others. I have three points to make:

1) You wouldn’t have heard of him without PBS, so make a pledge to honor him.

2) I disagreed with him about eBooks.

3) He had the kind of fan everyone wants to have, whose words I will repeat after the break.

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Facebook Flails For Mobile Relevancy

And it won’t work.

Facebook Home is Zuckerborg trying to fend off all the new, shiny and damned popular chat apps overturning everything in Asia.

He must have seen their adoption rates, compared it to Facebook’s adoption rates in those areas, also seen the Facebook drop off rates in those areas, and went all Steve Ballmer on his team.

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Japan Surrenders After Nuclear Financialgeddon

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BOJ to pump $1.4 trillion into economy in unprecedented stimulus

The U.S. Federal Reserve may buy more debt under its quantitative easing, but with the Japanese economy about one-third of the size of the United States, the scope of Kuroda’s “Quantitative and Qualitative Monetary Easing” is unmatched.

“This is an unprecedented degree of monetary easing,” a smiling Kuroda told a news conference after his first policy meeting at the helm of the central bank.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

In the 1970s and 1980s, there were plenty of people sounding the alarm in America about how Japan was going to rule the world.

Japan has been an economic vegetable for about twenty years now. The “Lost Decade” has turned into the “Lost Generation.”

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