Here’s a roundup of stories that might be of interest to fans: we’ve got stories from A (Afghanistan) to Z (the Zombie Beatles!) beneath the cut!
* In international news, the Afghan Ministry of Communications has mandated that all ISPs filter websites that fall under the categories of “alcohol,” “dating/social networking,” “gambling,” and “pornography. This has resulted in countrywide blockages of Facebook, Gmail, YouTube, and Twitter, and follows similar censorious moves in Pakistan and Turkey.
* Boing Boing indeed! A parody Twilight game hosted on YouTube that was BoingBoinged was taken down for copyright infringment by Summit Entertainment, then put up again! And has now been taken down again! Ironically, BoingBoing’s latest post compliments Summit by saying, “good to see a digital department at a traditional company being helpful.” Spoke too soon! The Washington Post has also criticized Summit for “lobbing lawsuits at pretty much anyone who uses Twilight’s name or images without its permission”, including not only the game, but an unofficial Twilight-magazine, fan-made Twilight t-shirts, and even the makers of a documentary about Forks, Washington, the real-life town where the story is set. Apparently Summit thinks it should be able to control who sparkles and who doesn’t!
* In RPF news, we bring you notice of the publication of Paul is Undead by Alan Goldsher, subtitled “The British Zombie Invasion.” The book charts “the rise and fall of the zombie Beatles… through eyewitness accounts, newspaper clippings, and interviews.” Oh, and Ringo is a ninja lord. Obviously.
* Zazzle has enforced a c&d against a fan who made an SPN keychain featuring only the single, fan-coined word, “Metallicar!” Crazily, even though TPTB at SPN didn’t invent the word, they’re claiming trademark over it (and it’s really unlikely that the WB owns a word so closely associated with the band Metallica–but that’s another story!) Alas, Zazzle—being a private company—can enforce any rules it wants, but, as with the Twilight case above, this is really a classic case of overstepping to no purpose.
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