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Submission + - Cheerleader Wins Libel Suit... By Suing Wrong Site (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones and her lawyer were so upset by a comment on the site TheDirty.com that they missed the "y" at the end of the name. Instead, they sued the owner of TheDirt.com, whose owner didn't respond to the lawsuit. The end result was a judge awarding $11 million, in part because of the failure to respond. Now, both the owners of TheDirty.com and TheDirt.com are complaining that they're being wrongfully written about in the press — one for not having had any content about Sarah Jones but being told it needs to pay $11 million, and the other for having the content and having the press say it lost a lawsuit, even though no lawsuit was ever actually filed against it.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Author Becomes A Best-Seller By Pirating His Books (torrentfreak.com)

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "Did online piracy help one author leap out of obscurity and onto the best-seller list? That's what Paulo "Pirate" Coelho, the best-selling author of "The Alchemist", believes happened to his books. He will even help you pirate them via his blog. His publishers were not pleased, but then his books went from selling 1,000 copies to 100,000 and then over a million. He gives special credit to pirate translators who are making his work accessible to a wider audience and convincing more people to read his book."

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