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The long Cocky-gate nightmare is over

I’ve been wanting to write about Cocky-gate for some time now but the story – a row between self-published authors that degenerated into ridiculousness – seems finally over and perhaps we can all get some perspective. The whole thing started in May when a self-published romance author, Faleena Hopkins , began attempting to enforce her copyright on books that contained “cocky” in the title. This included, but was not limited to, Cocky Cowboy, Cocky Biker, and Cocky Roomie, all titles in Hopkins oeuvre. Hopkins filed a trademark for the use of the word Cocky in romance titles and began attacking other others who used the word cocky, including Jamila Jasper who wrote a book called Cocky Cowboy and received an email from Hopkins . After taking up the cause on Twitter and creating a solid example of Streisand Effect, Jasper changed the title of her book to The Cockiest Cowboy To Have Ever Cocked . But other authors were hit by cease and desist letters and even Amazon stepped in briefly as well and took down multiple titles for a short time. From the Guardian : Pajiba reported on Monday that the author Nana Malone had been asked to change the title of her novel Mr Cocky, while TL Smith and Melissa Jane’s Cocky Fiancé has been renamed Arrogant Fiancé. Other writers claimed that Hopkins had reported them to Amazon, resulting in their books being taken down from the site. This went on for a number of weeks with the back and forth verging on the comical… Hubby: What ya doin' honey? Me: Working on a dystopian short story inspired by #cockygate . Hubby: Is it called The Cocky Were-Rooster? Me:… Me: Dammit! Now I have to write that! True Story. It wound up being "Diary of a Cocky Werecock" https://t.co/qU5XR4Ol4g — Lara Grey (@authorlaragrey) June 16, 2018 to the serious. I am so freakin' pissed. Candace Blevins' new book, Cocky Queen, was removed from B&N, iBooks, and Kobo

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Amazon to roll out its Prime subscription service in Australia for A$59/year, ahead of a policy change that restricts Australian shoppers to its…

Financial Times : Amazon to roll out its Prime subscription service in Australia for A$59/year, ahead of a policy change that restricts Australian shoppers to its Australian site   —  Amazon is rolling out its Prime subscription service in Australia just weeks ahead of a policy change that will block customers …

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Datally, Google’s Android app for monitoring and managing mobile data, updated with new features including daily limits, guest mode, unused apps, and…

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch : Datally, Google's Android app for monitoring and managing mobile data, updated with new features including daily limits, guest mode, unused apps, and a WiFi map   —  In November, Google introduced Datally, a data-saving app largely aimed at emerging markets where users often rely on prepaid SIM cards …

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