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Kramer Pleads Guilty

Ed Kramer, 52, pled guilty on December 2, 2013 to molesting three boys. Kramer was one of the founders of Dragon*Con, but is no longer affiliated with the convention. Kramer was sentenced to five years, but received credit for the 26 months he has already spent in jail, and will serve the remaining 34 months under […]

DoJ Proposes Punishments for Apple

Apple was found guilty in federal court of conspiring to fix e-book prices last month, and now the victorious Department of Justice has outlined a set of proposed rules “intended to halt Apple’s anticompetitive conduct, restore lost competition and prevent a recurrence of the illegal activities.” The proposed restrictions would require Apple to cancel existing […]

Rowling Pseudonym Settlement

J.K. Rowling was offered a public apology in court and received “substantial damages” — in the form of a charitable donation — from UK law firm Russells on July 31, 2013. Rowling took legal action against Russells because their employee Chris Gossage, then one of Rowling’s attorneys, told his wife’s friend Judith Callegari that Robert […]

Apple Found Guilty

Judge Denise Cote has sided with the Department of Justice and found Apple guilty of conspiring to fix e-book prices: “The Plaintiffs have shown that the Publisher Defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise e-book prices, and that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing that conspiracy. […]

Dragon*Con Announces Separation from Kramer

In a press release today, Greg Euston, Director of Public Relations for Dragon*Con, announced that they have officially merged the old Dragon Con / Ace, Inc. into a new company, Dragon Con, Inc. in a cash-out merger. Ownership of the  new company includes five of the six founding owners of Dragon Con / Ace; Edward […]

Rep Canterbury Proposes Required SF Reading

Representative Ray Canterbury, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, has proposed bill HB 2983, which would require the integration of science fiction literature in middle and high school reading curricula, as a means of promoting interest in the subjects of math and science.  The bill stipulates that the West Virginia State Board […]

Random Penguin Merger Approved

The merger of Penguin and Random House has been approved by the US Department of Justice. The DoJ notified Bertelsmann and Pearson “that it has closed its investigation into the proposed merger of Penguin and Random House, without conditions,” according to a statement. The approval comes just under four months after the deal was announced, […]

Macmillan Settles with DoJ

Macmillan has decided not to go to trial with the Department of Justice over antitrust allegations regarding e-book pricing. All the other publishers involved in the lawsuit have already settled. Only Apple is still contesting the charges. CEO John Sargent announced that Macmillan is settling its case because the penalties, should they lose the case, […]

Penguin Settles with DoJ

The Department of Justice has announced a settlement with Penguin regarding the e-book pricing antitrust lawsuit brought last spring against five of the “big six” publishers and Apple. Penguin had previously vowed to litigate in court. Because of Penguin’s proposed merger with Random House — never part of the lawsuit — announced at the end […]

Frazetta and Suydam Art Stolen

Several pieces of art were stolen from the New York City studio of artist Arthur Suydam, including Suydam’s own painting, “Alien Genocide” and a drawing by the late Frank Frazetta, “Little Devil”. The artist asks that anyone with information about the theft or the whereabouts of the art contact him at suyd AT earthlink.net or […]


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