Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Sometimes Rogers v. Grimaldi goes down a bit hard
This story, I Am the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Other Copycats Litter Amazon, discusses a bunch of copycat titles that may be confusing consumers, such as the one in the title, along with Steve Jobs—a “'poorly produced pamphlet,' according to the title’s one reviewer—by an 'Isaac Worthington,'” and Twilight New Moon and Thirty-Five Shades of Grey (which, as far as I can tell, has a similar plot to Fifty Shades of Grey, but not much more similar than you can easily find in certain highly stylized genres). Amazon has apparently removed a few--but Amazon has been responsible for more: "All of the copycat books that Fortune found were made through CreateSpace, a division of Amazon that allows authors to create and self-publish their books. Karen Peebles, author of I Am the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, told the magazine that she’s published 10,000 books using Amazon’s self-publishing platform (and sells 'thousands and thousands' of them each month), often under a pseudonym." Interesting that Amazon is pulling some of these, since under Rogers it's hard to imagine there's a cause of action--but sometimes public reaction is more important than legal right.