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March 23, 2012

Doctor writes book about patient without telling her or getting permission

She is suing the pants off him. No permission. No discussion. No questions about doctor-patient confidentiality. It's amazing really what a work of egomania this must be. Patient Sues Doctor for Using Her in a Book | The Passive Voice
A woman claims in court that a doctor who treated her for drug addiction invaded her privacy by using “her most private, embarrassing, and traumatizing memories in order to surreptitiously obtain material for the book … ‘The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year.’” Gabrielle Lisnoff sued Dr. Michael Stein in Federal Court. Stein’s book was published by HarperCollins in 2009. “(T)he defendant treated the plaintiff from approximately 2005 through approximately 2010,” Lisnoff says. “During the course of purporting to treat the plaintiff, the defendant elicited private facts and stories from her and probed into her personal affairs. Subsequently, without the plaintiff’s knowledge or permission, the defendant authored and caused to be published the aforementioned book about her life and history with drug addiction.” . . . . “To the plaintiff’s shock, surprise and dismay, many of the stories contained in the book were quoted from what she had told the defendant during her treatment sessions or were closely adapted from private facts that she had confidentially shared with him during her appointments with him for treatment.”

March 22, 2012

Benjamin Franklin's The Drinkers Dictionary

220 euphemisms for being drunk. How we never ran this in the Almanac(k) I'll never know. The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Volume II: Philadelphia, 1726 - 1757 -- Pennsylvania Gazette, 1736 - 1737
The DRINKERS DICTIONARY. A He is Addled, He's casting up his Accounts, He's Afflicted, He's in his Airs. B He's Biggy, Bewitch'd, Block and Block, Boozy, Bowz'd, Been at Barbadoes, Piss'd in the Brook, Drunk as a Wheel-Barrow, Burdock'd, Buskey, Buzzey, Has Stole a Manchet out of the Brewer's Basket, His Head is full of Bees, Has been in the Bibbing Plot, Has drank more than he has bled, He's Bungey, As Drunk as a Beggar, He sees the Bears, He's kiss'd black Betty, He's had a Thump over the Head with Sampson's Jawbone, He's Bridgey. . . .

March 14, 2012

France seizes copyright of all out-of-print books published before 2001

Authors have just six months to opt out or they lose the rights to their own work. And this include foreign authors published in France before 2001. France: All your books are belong to us • The Register
Last week France passed a law that permits the state to seize authors' rights on out-of-print books published before 2001. Scribes have just six months to opt-out, or lose their moral rights and the ability to determine a price for their work. It's essentially a Compulsory Purchase Order for intellectual property - the author's work is no longer their own. Ownership is instead transferred to a quango answering to the French Ministry of Culture, which is authorised to make it digitally available. Publishers are the big beneficiaries. The law has united copyright groups with the free software movement and Pirate Party in opposition. Since the law applies to British authors and illustrators who have been published in France, it's likely to draw fierce protest. Ironically France prides itself as the home of creators' rights - and pioneered moral rights - or droit d'auteur as they call them.

March 13, 2012

Faith Erin Hicks on The Hunger Games

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