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Wired: Supreme Court Takes on Freelance Case

wired_logo In 2005, a group of freelancers thought they had won a lawsuit worth about 18 million. The issue? Whether a publishing group had the right to electronically distribute freelance material submitted by freelancers even though those rights were not part of the original freelance contract.

Later, the judgement in favor of the freelancers was tossed out by an appeals court. Now, Wired.com reports the case is under review by the Supreme Court. According to Wired, we shouldn’t jump for joy just yet–the Supreme Court will only review “Whether the law restricted federal court jurisdiction over copyright infringement actions.”

Further investigation into this story reveals the writers were not happy with the original settlement and appealed, which led to the original deal being thrown out. The publishers wanted to the deal reinstated, which leads us to where the case is now. It’s a very sticky issue…which leads me to an old bit of advice I remember reading somewhere. “If you need a lawyer, it’s already too late.”

I know, it’s a bit head-in-the-sand, but I do wonder if the writers should have taken the money from the original settlement and called it a day. Feel free to chime in here if you’ve got strong feelings either way.

Having a Hard Time Viewing Freelance-Zone? Here’s Why

A Wired Magazine article posted today explains why you’re having trouble seeing Freelance-Zone.com with Internet Explorer. If you have IE 5.5, 6.0 and 7.0. chances are you have gotten a message saying the site cannot be loaded and “operation aborted.”

Read the full Wired article to learn more, but suffice it to say that this is a damn good reason to switch over to Google Analytics, even if it doesn’t do IP tracking in the name of privacy. Personally, I LIKE the IP tracking option because you can trace trolls and spammers with it, but Google has the clout, so it’s about time we made the switch.

If you have a blog and you are using Sitemeter (the cause of all the trouble), you might consider joining us in the switch to GA. And no, they didn’t pay us to say that. Personally I am still steamed over Google’s judgement errors re: Chinese net censorship, but that’s another article for another day. The tool is still relevant and vital in the work of running a blog successfully, regardless of what I think of their politics.