Archive for the ‘copyright’ Category

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Nick Mamatas on Giangregorio

August 19, 2009

Author Nick Mamatas posted on his blog a bit about Giangregorio’s unauthorized Dawn of the Dead sequel and his clash with author John Skipp.  He also posts a bit about Giangregorio’s editing complaints against Permuted Press:

Ooh ooh, though he wishes copyright would vanish he seems to have a problem with his publisher inserting “rape scenes” into his books (and indeed, there is no reason why he shouldn’t have a problem with such a thing). Perhaps though his editor was just hoping that some Hollywood producers were looking for an good ol’fashioned zombie rape movie idea. You know, for kids! (Or maybe the rape really was always in the book.)

I’ll post more about Giangregorio’s fight with Permuted Press when I have time to dissect it.

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Giangregorio versus Permuted Press

August 18, 2009

Anthony Giangregorio posted news of Fangoria reviewing his “sequel” to Dawn of the Dead on the Permuted Press message board and it quickly devolved into a fight.  There’s a lot going on, I’ll post more as I pick it apart.  Until then I recommend you start reading here for maximum effect.

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Giangregorio copies King’s The Mist?

August 17, 2009

An anonymous tipster just directed me to this thread on Stephen King’s forum where a poster accuses Giangregorio of plagerizing King’s The Mist in his book The Dark.

I just finished a self-published book entitled “The Dark”, written by Anthony Giangregorio, which is a direct rip-off of your book, The Mist. This book was printed in 2009. This book takes place in a small town in Massachusetts where a man lives there with his wife and small son. It seems that a giant wall of something black is closing off the town and in the dark are giant scorpions and other un-savory monsters from another dimension, that the man, who is stuck in a hardware store alone with his son, his ex-girlfriend and other people of town, must fight.
Sound familiar?

Do we have another potential case of Giangregorio basing work on another’s copyrighted material?  If you’ve read The Dark please let me know your thoughts.

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Giangregorio’s “sequel” to Dawn of the Dead

August 16, 2009

Anthony Giangregorio wrote and self-published an apparently unauthorized sequel to the 1979 film Dawn of the Dead called Dead Reckoning: Dawning of the Dead.  Giangregorio claims that the novel has been removed from print (though at this time it’s still available on Amazon) and is now available as a free download.

After a review of Dawning of the Dead on Fangoria.com (be sure to read the comments there) stirred up controversy, it was discovered Giangregorio had posted then removed a page on his site where he admits that he knew his right to publish a sequel to Dawn of the Dead was questionable.  It also discusses his conflict with author/editor John Skipp over Giangregorio’s publication of an anthology titled Book of the Dead which shares the title of the classic Skipp and Spector zombie anthology.  Giangreorio also admits that he pulled a story from the original edition of Book of the Dead where he had used characters from the film Dawn of the Dead.

Check out a snapshot of the page that Giangregorio posted then removed.