Oprah Winfrey and her production company, Harpo Inc., is being sued for $1 trillion for allegedly plagiarizing part of author Damon Lloyd Goffe’s book, A Tome of Poetry, in her internet-published book Pieces of my Soul. The copyright infringement suit was filed on July 31, and Goffe says that Winfrey even admitted to using his book a year ago. “In April 2008, Oprah confessed to seizing original works of authorship.” And since Winfrey allegedly sold 650 million copies of her book online for $20 each, Goffe thinks he deserves $1.2 trillion in damages. [Starpulse] Keep reading »
We thought this might be the case—Lisa Ling had no idea her agency sent out an email blast yesterday about speaking engagements for the fall. Here’s what she wrote us a little while ago:
Someone emailed me your blog—I am apoplectic and embarrassed by this. I NEVER even suggested that my agency put this out. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
Thanks for the clarification, Lisa. And we hope you and your family are having a joyful reunion. Keep reading »
Yesterday we reported on the horrific health-club shooting in which woman-hater George Sodini walked into a Pittsburgh LA Fitness Club and open fired on a bunch of women taking a Latin Impact dance aerobics class. He killed three and injured nine others before killing himself. New facts are emerging about this crazy dude and they are totally disturbing. After the jump, find out more about George Sodini’s life. Keep reading »
Nakey pics of “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and his ex-boyfriend engaged in all sorts of positions found their way onto StarzLife.com back in June. But now this site, and the dude who Black claims stole the photos, may have to pay a hefty fee. Black is suing for $3 million smackeroos! He says the use of the pictures is an invasion of his privacy, copyright infringement, and more. Oh yeah, and he’s totally confused because he thought these pics were deleted forever ago?
Interesting that Black chose not to target Perez Hilton. If Perez hadn’t posted the photos, they would have been like a tree falling in the forest. And that was not a peen joke. [NY Post] Keep reading »
Congo has a new problem to add to the ever-growing list of atrocities racking the country. According to an article in The New York Times, it is now popular for men to rape other men in an effort to force Congolese communities into submission. Officials from Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, the United Nations, and several Congolese aid organizations say the number of male-on-male rapes has risen sharply as a result of rebel groups seeking revenge for the joint Congo-Rwanda military operations. These armed rebels seek to make civilians do what they want by demoralizing and humiliating them. Keep reading »
These days, everyone and their mother is reading and writing about vampires. And apparently Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and lesser-known scribe Jordan Scott have “similar” vampy storylines. Scott is claiming that Meyer plagiarized main bits of Breaking Dawn from her novel The Nocturne, which was released in 2006. So what’s the beef?
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I’m a vegetarian, so it doesn’t take much animal cruelty to get me up in arms. But I always thought places like Sea World were havens for injured animals, which made me fully support them. Well, yesterday, I vowed to never visit another Sea World again after seeing the documentary “The Cove.” I feel tricked and lied to by all of the aquariums I’ve visited. Trust me, the animals you see there do not have “Free Willy” tales. Read on to see just how brutal the dolphin trade is. [Update: Found video that does not auto play, hooray!] Keep reading »
We’ve never heard of this website AlaskaReport.com, so when they posted on Saturday that Sarah and Todd Palin were on the train bound for Divorceville, we didn’t know what to think. The site claimed that marriage issues were what led Sarah to make her abrupt exit as governor, and that Alaska’s first couple barely spoke before or after Sarah’s resignation speech last weekend. They also claimed that a Palin staffer confirmed the couple was dunzo, and that Sarah had stopped wearing her wedding ring. Oh, and that Sarah had bought some land in Montana, where she’s considering moving with the kids. [Alaska Report]
It took less than a few hours for the Palin camp to chime in. A spokesman posted a message on Sarah’s Facebook account saying, “Yet again, some so-called journalists have decided to make up a story. There is no truth to the recent ‘story’ (and story is the correct term for this type of fiction) that the Palins are divorcing,” read the post. “The Palins remain married [and] committed to each other and their family.” [New York Daily News] Keep reading »
Last summer, photography mastermind Annie Leibovitz was strapped for cash, so she took out a $24 million loan from a finance company called Art Capital Group. Supposedly, for collateral on the loan, she used all her photos and her homes Manhattan and Upstate New York. Well, Art Capital Group is claiming that Annie is in breach of contract, and filed a lawsuit this week demanding that Annie let appraisers into her homes so they can estimate the value and start selling everything off. Meanwhile, Annie says this is BS. [NY Times]
So can this company really sell all her photos? That seems kind of wrong. You shoot gorgeous Vanity Fair covers, and you get no respect. Keep reading »
The Sun-Sentinal has eight minutes of raw footage that shows four Hollywood cops conspiring to frame a drunk woman after they rear-ended her car. Watch it here. In February, 11-year police veteran Joel Francisco crashed his police cruiser into Alexandra Torrensvilas’ car while she was stopped at a traffic light. Some other crooked cops showed up and they all decided to fabricate a report so the accident looked like it was the Alexandra’s fault. Keep reading »