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First off today, Paul Farhi of the Washington Post reports that there are new questions raised about CNN and Time magazine reporter Fareed Zakaria. Zakaria, who has been placed on suspension by both organizations following his admission to plagiarism in a recent column for Time on gun control (a shortened version appeared on CNN’s site), is now facing questions regarind his book “Post-American World” due to an allegedly non-cited quote. The author of the book “Three billion New Capitalists”, published three years before Zakaria’s book, alleged Zakaria used a quote from his book without citation and none appeared in the frist two additions, though a footnote appeared in “The Post-American World 2.0”, an updated version of the book. Zakaria defended the book in interviews, saying that he was following standard industry practices. However, in addition to being suspended from his job as editor at large for Time and a correspondent/host at CNN, now Zakaria’s monthly Washington Post column is on hold and Yale, where he is a trustee, is said to be rethinking their relationship with him.
Next up today, Timothy Lee at Ars Technica reports that Lightspeed media, well known for its mass Bittorrent lawsuits against suspected porn downloaders, has added ISPs AT&T and Comcast as defendants to their case. AT&T and Comcast both fought subpoenas asking that they turn over information about subscribers that allegedly downloaded and shared Lightspeed-owned content. According to Lightspeed, this makes them “de facto counsel” for the defendants in exchange for subscriber fees meaning that they have agreed to shelter the infringers. AT&T says that the charges are without merit and notes that the Appeals court has already ruled in their favor on the matter. The case has also been moved to Federal court rather than the Illinois state court it was in.
Finally today, James Johnson of The Inquisitr writes that Elton John and his writing partner Bernie Taupin are being sued by fellow songwriter Guy Hobbs, who claims the duo stole his theme and words for their 1985 hit song “Nakita”. John, however, has hit back, his lawyers saying that the elements in question are “commonplace” and there was no reason to copy them from Hobbs. They also said that the lawsuit was so vague that it should be dismissed immediately. At this time there have been no rulings on the case.
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