Archive for May, 2018

From the Archives: Complete Pre-History of the Finally Settled ‘Freelance’ Copyright Class Action — a.k.a., ‘In re Literary Works in Electronic Databases Copyright Litigation’

Published May 4th, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   As noted earlier this week, the settlement in the “Freelance” class action copyright case, 18 years in the making — also 13 years since a slate of objectors I led began forcing revision of the original settlement — is now on the books, with the mailing out of $9 million worth […]

Muchnick Op-Ed in Daily Cal Probes the Long Tail of the Ted Agu Football Death Cover-Up

Published May 4th, 2018, Uncategorized

On March 20, 2014 — six weeks after Cal football player Ted Agu dropped dead on a campus hillside in the early morning — Berkeley campus police Chief Margo Bennett emailed John Wilton, then the vice chancellor for administration and finance, with the warning not to share with others “the documents I gave you yesterday. […]

Sarah Ehekircher’s Meeting With USA Swimming Chief Tim Hinchey Still Leaves an Impasse Over Release of the Flawed 2010 National Board of Review Transcript

Published May 2nd, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Sarah Ehekircher, whose accusation of grooming and abuse by her youth coach Scott MacFarland has led to a “justice delayed” outcome of forcing MacFarland out of his job at the Magnolia Aquatic Club in Texas — but still not a definitive action on the allegations against him — yesterday had her […]

Craig Lord Shuts Down SwimVortex — And Stays Silent Over the Mystery ‘Documents’ That He Claimed Exonerate American Swimming Coaches Association Boss John Leonard in the George Gibney Cover-Up

Published May 2nd, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   SwimVortex, a website notable for impenetrably wordy arguments about the coach abuse issue and non-stop shilling for American Swimming Coaches Association executive director John Leonard, has pulled the plug after five years. Editor Craig Lord posted a farewell letter to readers at The last of the three cited reasons for […]

Publishers Weekly: ‘After 17 Years of Litigation, “Freelance” Writers Finally Collect’

Published May 1st, 2018, Uncategorized   There is, literally, a new generation of my readers since 2005, when attorney Charles Chalmers and I launched the objections to the settlement in In re Literary Works in Electronic Databases Copyright Litigation, a.k.a. “Freelance.” Later in the week I’ll be publishing a comprehensive historical retrospective and links. Of course, that history includes […]