This post is a response to M/M Romance author Kevin Klehr's "Stories Should Have Conflict". In which century were powerful tales not needed? Storytelling has endured through thousands of years because it is a type of power for humans. At this time, we have more humans than ever in known history. We have storytellers. We can … Continue reading Stories Don’t Have to Create Real Life Conflict
Category: Politics & Publishing
At the end of "Oh, Oh, CockyGate, So Much Hate", I promised to update on "the BIG, REBELLION, WEIRDs, and STORYTELLER claims later." That's taking me much, much longer than expected. Happens, you know? Let's take care of the CockyGate updates today. COCKY Author and retired IP lawyer Kevin Kneupper tweeted about the final settlement … Continue reading The End of CockyGate
Why can't we look away for a while without feeling guilty for condoning shit? Is anyone else feeling that way? Content Warning: Unfriendly nicknames and reports of douchey behavior below. Also, more swearing. This post brings to you updates on slimy trademark filings and related acts. Hip-Not Hopkins Faleena Hopkins, who started CockyGate by not … Continue reading Oh, Oh, CockyGate, So Much Hate
This is a quick summary of my recent posts and an update about trademark applications on my watch list. Faleena Hopkins created hoopla over COCKY prosecution of Romance and Erotica authors in what appears to have been an attempt to promote her Cocker Brothers series of books. Her trademarks are pending cancellation. She's still in … Continue reading Trademark Checks: From Rebellion to Storytellers
This is another post about a trademark of a single word. This one was from the United Kingdom and it's insensible. The uses on the application include nearly everything and the kitchen sink. Honestly, I'm not sure the list includes kitchen sinks because I have too much to do than figure out whether or not … Continue reading A Subversive Thought: No One Owns ‘Rebellion’
Puns are fun but they're too easy when words everyone use are claimed in the recent rash of trademark abuse. Today's focus on trademark applications is "BIG". An application to trademark “BIG” was just filed. More information: Status: https://t.co/57eZmDHrC2 Documents: https://t.co/7R99NdT4mf AMZN: https://t.co/z5gUv3aHwL keywords: fiction — CockyBot™ (@cockybot) June 16, 2018 I don't yet know … Continue reading The BIG Distraction in CockyGate
Stop for a moment, will you? You're reading this, presumably from my blog, which is a space to talk about erotic romance, speculative fiction, and the politics of technology. At this time, I can't think of any event that brings those topics together with more immediacy than CockyGate. In my previous post, I assumed readers … Continue reading Watching Out for Dicks in CockyGate
The grab for common words in USA-based fiction publishing quickly grew into one Hell of a cocked-up situation. CockyGate involves deception, bullying, and risks to the publishing industry as a whole. Romance Writers of America and Authors Guild have support the scattered authors and publishers who were threatened with legal action or who watched their … Continue reading A Ridiculous Expansion to CockyGate
July's Day of Action for Net Neutrality wasn't the end of this year's fight to protect an open Internet.
We're not all flying around in our personal cars under neon lights, but politically, we are living within a cyberpunk world.