Industry & Advocacy News
February 5, 2021
In this week’s edition, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plans to step down; China passes a more strenuous copyright law; PEN/Faulkner Award announces its 2021 list of finalists; a literary journal blogger speculates that it may be time for a new Federal Writers Project in the wake of the pandemic and more.
IPA Commends Beijing’s Passage of a Copyright Law AmendmentPublishing Perspectives“The long-awaited reform of the Chinese copyright act has resulted in a strengthening of copyright in China and could result in ‘sizable increases for statutory damages, the introduction of punitive damages, and more consistent definitions among major changes in Chinese copyright law.’”
Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon CEOThe New York Times“Andy Jassy, the chief of Amazon’s cloud computing division, will become chief executive, while Mr. Bezos, the company’s founder, will become executive chairman.”
The Technology 202: Klobuchar’s New Antitrust Bill May Hit Big Tech Where It HurtsWashington PostSenator Amy “Klobuchar’s wide-ranging bill aims to beef up the resources and powers at the disposal of two key regulatory bodies tasked with overseeing tech giants, the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department’s antitrust division. It would also allow enforcers to seek civil fines for violations the first time antitrust laws are broken.”
NBCC Board Member Retracts Criticism of Award FinalistPublishers WeeklyAfter white NBCC board member Charles Finch made a snarky comment on Twitter about an upcoming gay Black author’s new two-book deal, Finch offers a public apology.
2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Longlist AnnouncedPEN/Faulkner FoundationOn February 2, the longlist of books for the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, America’s largest peer-juried literary prize, was announced.
What Would a 21st-Century New Federal Writers Project Look Like?Full Stop QuarterlyBlogger Jason Boog discusses what a new federal writers project, based on the FWP created in 1935 by FDR’s Works Project Administration to help put Americans back to work during the Depression, might look like today.