Thursday, February 16, 2006

HAVE A [PRODUCT PLACEMENT] TODAY

Publishers Weekly says the Authors Guild is asking members to contact congress—or lose the right to mention products in their stories. A trademark bill which could threaten non-commercial free expression has already passed the House and is headed for the Senate.
In the example cited by the Guild -- Tom went to McDonald's, had a Coke and waited for the Harley to arrive -- an author who used those trademarked names could be exposed to greater liability under the proposed bill than the existing law.
See the whole story here. See the Authors Guild alert here.
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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction

SHE'S THE SHERIFF!

A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at StudioWell.com. Watch the trailer on YouTube.