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message 1: by Marie Silk (last edited Oct 24, 2016 10:07PM) (new)

Marie Silk | 1020 comments Thought this might be interesting to some. I've always been curious about the logistics of biographies and true stories. The basic gist of the lawsuit is that the author and publisher did not protect the anonymity of the geisha as agreed, and wrote two of the plot points as fact when they were not true. The book had $10M in sales and was on the bestseller list for 58 weeks:

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/s...


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Graeme Rodaughan | 7207 comments Oops!


Tara Woods Turner | 2063 comments Ouch. They'd better have their ducks in a row or the geisha is bringing them down hard. If her allegations are true then shame on them. I wonder why she waited so long to file suit. She may have a crack at breach of contract but it is very hard to prove damages due to defamation.


message 4: by Alex (last edited Oct 24, 2016 10:56PM) (new)

Alex (asato) Tara wrote: "Ouch. They'd better have their ducks in a row or the geisha is bringing them down hard. If her allegations are true then shame on them. I wonder why she waited so long to file suit. She may have a ..."

that lawsuit was filed back in 2001. (ABC news doesn't even have the year of the article on it.) it's since been settled out of court. See https://www.theguardian.com/books/boo...

Note: Howard Hughes prevailed over McGraw-Hill.
here's virtually the same article with a full date on it:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world...

(I have to say that the Daily Telegraph and The Guardian beat out ABC as far as accurate and ongoing reportage goes. (and they're free whereas the NY Times is not. so i actually find myself reference those two media outlets more often than any other one.))

here's Iwasaki's autobiography: https://www.amazon.com/Geisha-Gion-St...


Tara Woods Turner | 2063 comments We know what settled out of court means lol. Good for her!! That was an excellent book, however. I couldn't put it down.


message 6: by Alex (new)

Alex (asato) Very important if you're going to publish a lexicon of a well-known work or someone is going to publish one about yours: JK Rowling and Warner Brothers v RDR Books (2008): https://www.theguardian.com/books/boo...

http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/our-work...
https://h2o.law.harvard.edu/collages/...


message 7: by Marie Silk (new)

Marie Silk | 1020 comments Thanks for the update, Alex. Those cases are interesting to read about. I had no idea that lexicons were printed without the original (still-living) author's involvement.


message 8: by Alex (new)

Alex (asato) The publisher had to add "unofficial" to the lexicon Book's title and remove rowling's accolades about the website from which he material was compiled.


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