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Could Google Be The Zodiac Killer?

Unleashed on July 24, 2009

287162_7195Trader Faulkner’s adventures through the cultural landscape of the 20th century continue next week – but today, it’s time for Donna’s WRITE REPORT – your weekly round-up of all the news you need to know about the book business.  The international ramifications of the Google book settlement are starting to surface: East African authors are alarmed… Japanese authors are equally concerned… and the EU is to consult European authors and publishers about their fears.

In the UK, it appears that even mathematicians are becoming fearful that the country’s draconian and antiquated libel laws can be used to stifle genuine debate; meanwhile, the campaign for UK libel law reform continues to grow apace.  We turn to the States for our last story this week: yet another candidate has emerged as the true identity of the infamous Zodiac serial killer: forbidden from speaking for decades by lawyer-client privilege, an attorney now claims that his deceased client (a merchant seaman) was really the killer.  We wonder if he’ll get a book deal…

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Links: The Write Report; US copyright suit against Google to benefit EA too; Google Books leaves Japan in legal limbo; Even mathematicians run scared of our libel laws now; Another possible Zodiac suspect put forth

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