3 Count: Rough Seas

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1: Pirate Bay sale hits rough waters

First off today, the planned sale of The Pirate Bay to Global Gaming Factory, a Swedish software company, is looking more dicey this morning. The BBC is reporting that the Swedish stock market, the Aktietorget, has suspended trading of the company after learning that the company’s chairman, Magnus Bergman, has resigned.

The company’s chief, Hans Pandeya, said he was unaware of the resignation but did know that Bergman would be resigning soon and that a shareholder meeting was planned on the issue. However, it also appears that bantks are skittish about the deal with The Pirate Bay, wanting greater than usual assurances. This may be hinting that the company is having trouble raising the needed $7.8 million in capital.

Global Gaming Factory still says they plan on going through with the acquisition on the 27th as planned. Though they are hoping that their stock will be available for trading before then.

2: Did Usher’s Ex-Wife Plagiarize Blog Entry for Huffington Post?

Next up today, Tameka Foster, best known as being musician Usher’s ex-wife, is being accused of plagiarism by author Aisha Curry. According to Curry, Foster’s Huffington Post column entitled “She’s Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl…” was taken from her book “Pretty For a Black Girl” though she refuses to say for certain that the work is stolen.

There is no word on legal threats or other action being taken by Curry and the Huffington Post piece, as of this writing, remains on line. Foster, through a representative has denied the allegations, claiming to be unaware of the book in question.

However, it appears that this is less a case of verbatim plagiarism and more a case of idea plagiarism. Curry, however, still feels that the coincidences are too great to ignore.

3: Ex-reporter Jayson Blair now working as life coach

Finally today, the famous disgraced New York Times reporter Jayson Blair has made a new life for himself. After resigning in 2003 following accusations of plagiarism and fabrication and publishing a book soon thereafter, he has since found a quiet and successful life as a life coach with a mental health center in northern Virginia.

Though Blair may be one of the most cursed names in modern journalism history, it is nice to see that he has found a new career for himself and is putting his past experiences to good use in helping others.


That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.

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