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Gawker Wants Quentin Tarantino Lawsuit Dropped

Quentin Tarantino GGawker is demanding that the lawsuit filed by Quentin Tarantino — claiming that Gawker violated copyright laws by posting a link to the leaked script to The Hateful Eight — be dismissed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gawker is claiming that reading a script doesn’t qualify as copyright infringement.

Robert Penchina, Gawker’s lawyer, is arguing that there is no proof that anyone who clicked the site’s link to the read the Tarantino screenplay did anything wrong:

Here, the Complaint does no more than raise the possibility that some member of the public who accessed plaintiff’s script using Gawker’s link subsequently violated Tarantino’s rights by committing an infringement. Because plaintiff did not allege any facts showing that an infringing act actually was undertaken by a third party — merely accessing the script by clicking on the link is legally insufficient — plaintiff did not state a claim for contributory infringement.

Penchina goes on to note that if there is no proof any Gawker readers “actually saved or otherwise made a copy” then there isn’t anything of substance to Tarantino’s lawsuit.

Daily News Summons Horrific Voice from the Grave: Adam Lanza

It’s currently the most-read article on the New York Daily News website, a ranking that will likely remain in place for some time.  The front-page-bannered report by Matthew Lysiak , Joe Kemp and Corky Siemaszko, published online yesterday afternoon, showcases a 2011 radio show call-in segment featuring Sandy Hook Elementary mass murderer Adam Lanza.

The intelligence and articulateness of the Lanza December 11, 2011 call suggest that Lanza may have subsequently quickly devolved mentally. Or, that he had a “personality switch” and that this was the more balanced side of his psyche mouthing the words. The News spoke with Anarchy Radio host John Zerzan about this newly revealed information:

“We remember the call,” Zerzan, 70, of Eugene, Oregon told The News. “The only thing that seemed odd was his voice seemed kind of robotic… but what he was saying made sense.”

But 21-year-old Kyle Kromberg, who attended Latin class with Lanza from freshman to junior year at Newtown High School, recognized his voice instantly. “It’s him,” said Kromberg. “I talked to him every day for about an hour each day from freshman to junior year, so I know his voice. He’s a very soft-spoken kid, but very articulate.”

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The Met Renames Costume Institute Space After Anna Wintour

The exhibit space at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is being renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

The Met announced the change in part because Wintour brings in the dough. Since being named a Met trustee, Wintour has helped raise about $125 million for the Costume Institute.

The Met is currently renovating the Costume Center. It’s set to reopen May 8 with an exhibition from Charles James.

Don’t like the name Anna Wintour Costume Center? Too bad. Also, Wintour could probably have you fired from your job, so watch yourself, buddy.

Newspaper Reporter Named One of 2014′s Most Stressful Jobs

Dear readers, have pity on newspaper reporters, for they have one of the most stressful jobs in the nation. That’s according to careercast.com, at least.

Careercast’s report took into account amount of travel, deadlines, working in the public eye, danger to self and more, and found that working for a paper will be the eighth most stressful job to have during 2014.

Other jobs listed in the top 10 include police officer, firefighter, airline pilot and event coordinator. The last one seems out of place, but think about it. Have you ever tried getting more than two of your friends to agree on where to eat dinner? It’s a nightmare! Especially if you’re friends don’t just shut the hell up and do what you want to do.

The most stressful job in 2014 was “enlisted military,” which is definitely correct. In fact, it should probably just keep the top slot until the end of time.

See below for the entire list of the most stressful jobs.

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Reporter Sues NYPD

NYPD GChris Faraone, a journalist from Queens, is suing the NYPD for allegedly beating and arresting him while he covered the anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

According to The New York Daily News, Faraone claims he was lawfully reporting for the Boston Phoenix when cops were ordered to “stop, tackle, batter, search, arrest, detain and imprison” him without cause.

Faraone — who said that he tried to identify himself as a member of the press to no avail — filed his suit against New York City, the NYPD and 10 cops. His suit also claims that he was denied access to a lawyer and “directed and/or threatened by the defendants to cease his journalism/reporting activities in the city.”

Faraone is seeking unspecified damages.

CNN is 2013′s Most Searched for News Source

CNN logo GGoogle has released its annual Zeitgeist report, and taking home the prize of “most searched for news source” is none other than CNN. The cable channel beat out Fox News, Time and — ironically enough — Google News, for the honor.

One interesting thing to note from this list? Not a single newspaper among the top 10. Another interesting thing to note? People are still figuring out the Internet. How is it 2013 and people still don’t seem to understand that they can simply type “.com” on the end of these searches and go right to the news site?

Anyway. You can see the entire list of 2013′s Trending News Sources — ranked according to increase in searches since last year — below.

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News Organizations Ask Syrian Rebels to Stop Kidnapping Journalists

Desperate times call for desperate measures. A collection of 13 news organizations — including The New York Times, the AP, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters — have composed a letter asking Syrian rebel forces to stop kidnapping journalists, and to free the ones currently held in captivity.

“By our estimate, more than 30 journalists are now being held,” explains the letter. “As a result of these kidnappings, a growing number of news organizations no longer feel that it is safe for their reporters and photographers to enter Syria, and many have decided to limit their coverage of the war, unwilling to have they staff members subjected to the increasingly common risk of abduction.”

The note (which you can read in full below) has been sent to the Free Syrian Army and other groups under the leadership of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad.

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NY Court Rules Fox News Reporter Doesn’t Have to Reveal Sources [Updated]

It’s a good day for journalists. In a 4-3 decision, New York’s Court of Appeals has ruled that Jana Winter, a Fox News reporter, cannot be forced to reveal her sources for story on the Aurora, Colorado shooting.

After the tragedy, Winter had broke a story that the murderer —  James Holmes — had sent a notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist that was “full of details about how he was going to kill people.” Lawyers for Holmes wanted Winter to testify about her confidential sources because they said it violated a gag order on the case. Winter’s lawyers claimed that New York’s shield laws should prevent Winter from having to speak up. They were right.

“Confidential newsgathering is essential for investigative journalism to flourish, and the New York Court of Appeals has issued a broad decision protecting all New York-based journalists,” said Dori Ann Hanswirth, the lead lawyer on Winter’s team. “Today’s victory is as much for Jana Winter as it is for all journalists and the public, which has a right to receive news from confidential sources.”

Well said.

Update (12/11):
Below is a statement from Roger Ailes.

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Study: Majority of Female Journalists Face Intimidation, Threats, Abuse

According to a particularly sad report released by the International News Safety Institute and the International Women’s Media Foundation, a majority of female journalists — 64 percent — claim to have faced “intimidation, threats or abuse” while working. Not only that, but more than 50 percent of that abuse was brought by a boss or a colleague.

The report is based on responses from 875 women from all over the world. The survey took into account all forms of media; the majority of respondents worked for newspapers.

The most common form of intimidation, threats or abuse was “Abuse of power or authority,” cited by 25 percent of the respondents. Following closely behind that was “Verbal, written and/or physical intimidation including personal threats at 21 percent, and “Attempts or threats to damage reputation or honour,” at 18 percent.

Sexual harassment, which was its own category, was prevalent as well. The survey found that 46 percent of female journalists had been subject to that form of abuse.

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Thrillist Media Group Celebrates Launch of New Site

Thrillist Media Group has a new name to their roster of websites: Supercompressor.com. This consumer-focused men’s lifestyle site celebrated its launch last week to much fanfare at the Classic Car Club in New York. The event was sponsored by Dewar’s Scotch and Microsoft Surface.

Supercompressor is dedicated to all things manly — with sections including “Gear,” “Tech,” “Rides” and “Vice.” The editors proclaim that their site “exclusively covers the coolest stuff that money can buy. We understand that your time and cash are precious, which is why we solemnly swear to never waste either.”

MediabistroTV toured the offices of Thrillist for our Cubes series. Check it out here:

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