Canada’s largest book distributor, H.B.Fenn, declares bankruptcy.

From the Publishers Weekly article, Katherine Wilson, H.B. Fenn marketing and publicity associate:

There was no indication the company planned to restructure and try to continue operations, she said. “It’s very sad,” she said. “No one is going to come out of this situation in a positive way, all the authors and publishers and everyone that I worked with. There’s no up side to it.”

An anonymous author who writes term papers for cash rich/brain poor students has signed to write a tell-all book about his contribution to academic cheating excellence.

“I read on Twitter that the article was ’sending chills through the academic community.’ Of course others have dismissed me as a ’sociopath.’ The goal of this site is to move this conversation forward. There is much more to discuss than my role in student cheating.”

The original article that created the scandal at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

I, who have no name, no opinions, and no style, have written so many papers at this point, including legal briefs, military-strategy assessments, poems, lab reports, and, yes, even papers on academic integrity, that it’s hard to determine which course of study is most infested with cheating. But I’d say education is the worst. I’ve written papers for students in elementary-education programs, special-education majors, and ESL-training courses. I’ve written lesson plans for aspiring high-school teachers, and I’ve synthesized reports from notes that customers have taken during classroom observations. I’ve written essays for those studying to become school administrators, and I’ve completed theses for those on course to become principals. In the enormous conspiracy that is student cheating, the frontline intelligence community is infiltrated by double agents. (Future educators of America, I know who you are.)

Authorities in Los Angeles nab $4 million dollars in goods in an anti-piracy raid on street vendors and fairs.

The raids marked the latest crackdown by LAPD’s antipiracy team, which has served 181 warrants, made 498 arrests and seized $93.8 million worth of illegal goods since its inception in 2004.

A study by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation estimated that counterfeit goods cost local businesses $5.2 billion in lost revenue annually and $4.4 billion in lost wages each year.

Imprisoned by your fans. Branding works for and against creatives:

This, fellow authors, is the downside of branding. Every time you write a book that reinforces your brand, you have welded in another bar of your cage. Once that cage is locked and sealed, you’re going to have a hard time getting out of the thing again.

Creator Rights activist Patrick Ross has a blog: The Artist’s Road.

“There’s this perception of artists as freeloaders, a perception of this hippie culture, of slackers, but for most of the people I know who are professional artists, it is just the opposite,” she said. “They work really hard. You have to. Most of them have at least a part-time job, and they do their business.

“I had somebody say, ‘Oh, I wish I could just sit around and paint all day,’ and I started laughing and said, ‘So do I!’”

Security flaws found in Mac’s download store.

Musician Suzanne Vega, dumped by label, recovers copyrights on her music.

“I don’t own the original masters – A&M and Blue Note do – but I have the rerecord rights, and now I own these masters,” Vega says. “Now I have something tangible to sell besides the idea of the song.

“It turns out that rerecording my music has really been empowering.”

Study shows piracy for profit rules the internet, with only 100 sources accounting for 67% of internet piracy.

“On the one hand, antipiracy agencies and malicious publishers publish a large amount of fake files to protect copyrighted content and spread malware respectively. On the other hand, content publishing in BitTorrent is largely driven by companies with financial incentives. Therefore, if these companies lose their interest or are unable to publish content, BitTorrent traffic/portals may disappear or at least their associated traffic will be significantly reduced.”