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Donna Is Sheriff For A Day

This week we talk about Amazon taking its name a little too seriously, why Paramount wants a Mario Puzo screenplay to sleep with the fishes, a trademark battle over an ape man, putting pirates out of business, and why a new version of Sherlock Holmes is anything but elementary. Plus, we talk about why your […]

The Man Behind Sherlock Holmes

What with Benedict Cumberbatch’s radical television interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, and the recent big-screen Guy Ritchie / Robert Downey / Jude Law action movies, the Baker Street seven per-center is enjoying a major revival of interest. How appropriate, then, that the master scriptwriter of the entire Holmes canon should join us for tonight’s Litopia After […]

Acting Up Over ACTA, Dicing With DRM

This week we talk about why some works you thought were public domain might be back in copyright; why Wikipedia went dark; how a copyright law that did pass may affect you; school-book censorship; whether Amazon has gone all Capt. Jack Sparrow on us; why some publishing insiders are abandoning DRM; and a law that […]

What Facebook Really Thinks About You

This week we talk about trademark-eating zombies, how signing a check may cost you your copyright, why you might already be a public figure, which famous writer’s heirs’ reign of terror is over, a publisher claiming copyright on rights that didn’t exist, whether agents should have ethics, and how writing a memoir might cost you […]

Rumors Of The End Of The World

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood once noted that “the Colonies” (i.e. former British posessions) were not places where great literature was supposed to happen.  That myopic view is well and truly demolished by tonight’s guest: Australian writer Chris Womersley. Chris’s fiction has appeared in Granta, and his second novel Bereft has just been published in the […]

Snow Business

One hundred years ago, on January 17th, 1912, Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s five-man team reached the South Pole: only to find Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beaten them to it more than a month earlier. Scott’s ill-fated expedition is the stuff of legend.  This week’s Litopia After Dark has two legendary guests: Dr. Huw Lewis-Jones, […]

Apple Pwns Education

Today, Apple made a grab at the education market. Not at part of it. No. All of it. As authors, we’ve become quite accustomed to extremely large companies appropriating things.  Think about Google unilaterally grabbing eBook rights.  Or consider Amazon giving away our eBooks.  You get the picture. Apple, however, are going beyond all that […]

Crime and Pastament – Litopia After Dark’s Italian Bash

We’re journeying to the heart of Italy for our festive bash tonight as we hook up with writers Michael Jacob & Daniela DeGregorio live from their kitchen in the ancient Umbrian city of Spoleto.  Michael and Daniela write together under the pen name Michael Gregorio.  Their first book, described by Publishers Weekly as “a stellar […]

Here Comes Your Monster Lawsuit!

The Google Book Settlement has been abandoned – but like some monstrous zombie rising from the dead, the litigation continues.  Attorneys for the Authors Guild have filed a motion for class certification, the first step towards a ruling that might decide whether Google’s book scanning amounts to copyright theft. Also – when is a blogger […]

I Eat Libraries For Breakfast

Last week’s show featured renowned illustrators / comic book artists Patrice Aggs and John Aggs.  This week, we’re continuing  delve into the world of images as we welcome legendary illustrator-turned-author Ian Beck.  Ian learnt his craft from some of the greatest contemporary British illustrators, including Raymond Briggs and John Vernon Lord, then went on to […]

Eddie Izzard Is Evil!

Not really – but the English lawyer he plays in “The Good Wife” certainly is… another stupefyingly ballsy case of plagiarism… copyright is failing to feed artists… and Donna has some terrific personal news – all in this action-packed episode of the net’s No.1 real-life legal drama! Presented by leading lawyer Donna Ballman with literary […]

Bach to the Future

Yet another ingestion of intellect, information and insurrection on tonight’s show!  Can literature have a civilizing effect on young offenders?  At what age do women’s thoughts turn away from romance and towards crime? And most importantly, what the heck is happening to Johnny and Priscilla in this week’s impromptu episode of Magenta Divine? Here to […]

Buzz Cuts

More news, ruminations and legal shenanigans for writers – presented by leading lawyer Donna Ballman with literary agent Peter Cox. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to our shows by Email Be a wonderful human being and support us with a donation Picture by Derek K. Miller

Drawing Offence

More news, ruminations and legal shenanigans for writers – presented by leading lawyer Donna Ballman with literary agent Peter Cox. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to our shows by Email Be a wonderful human being and support us with a donation Picture by photoman356