Archive for August 14th, 2009

NWU Against Google Deal

14th August 2009 by Maura McHugh

Wired reports that the National Writers Union — which represents 1,500 freelance writers — has officially come out in opposition to the Google Book Settlement.

The union, which helps freelance writers recover money from publications that don’t pay as promised, has not yet decided whether to file a friend-of-the-court brief or talk to the U.S. Justice Department, according to Tom Gradel, a member of the union’s Chicago steering committee. It decided to oppose the deal after days of discussion and a vote at its recent biennial convention.

Finger Puppet Film Competition

14th August 2009 by Maura McHugh

Popular snack food Hula Hoops is running a competition for people to create a finger puppet film in under two minutes using your fingers, Hula Hoops and whatever props stimulate your imagination.

Films will be judged in the following categories: The People’s Choice Award (the top-rated film), Best film, Best costume design, Best actor/actress, and Best use of sound.

All films will be uploaded to the web site and voted on by the public. The closing date is 22 November 2009, but the earlier the film is online the earlier people can vote for it. No copyrighted music or material may be used in the film.

The top prize is a trip to Hollywood.

All details about the competition are available from the web site.