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    MyAnimeList and Honeyfeed’s Web Novel Contest Clarifies Author’s Rights

    MyAnimeList and Honeyfeed’s Web Novel Contest Clarifies Author’s Rights

    MyAnimeList and Honeyfeed are putting on an English-language web novel writing contest that starts July 5 and ends September 5. Kodansha will consider doing a manga adaptation from the three novels that come out on top.

    Some writers raised concerns over this paragraph in the submission rules:

    “By submitting any novel or other content as part of this contest, you expressly grant, and you represent and warrant that you have a right to grant, to Sponsors a worldwide, sublicensable, transferable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, license to use, reproduce, publish, list information regarding, translate, publicly display, and make derivative works of all such novel(s) and content in whole or in part, and in any form, media or technology, whether now known or hereafter developed, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or others.”

    A representative from MyAnimeList then put out this statement:

    “A paragraph suggesting contestants waived all rights was included by mistake and is now removed. The previous version of the rules stated that winners would receive a new contract, should their novel be chosen for adaptation, and this remains. We apologize for any alarm caused by our poor review and thank you for bringing it to our attention so that we could correct it.”

    If you’re interested in submitting, read all the details here.

    Source: ANN

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    Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.

    Web-based tool for identifying novel functions of old drugs

    Research Highlight

    doi:10.1038/nindia.2021.96 Published online 12 July 2021

    Researchers have designed a web-based tool that can quickly identify new uses of existing drugs. The tool called ‘New use of Old Drugs’ (NOD), will reduce the overall time and cost in discovering novel therapeutic agents, they say.

    The tool can identify drugs known to interact with remote protein targets by deciphering information encoded in the protein sequences rather than the structures of the target. The researchers from Indian Institute of Science say it can be used to find therapies for rare and neglected genetic diseases, including COVID-19.

    Most existing tools don’t provide reliable structural data about the target proteins to which drugs bind. NOD could help overcome this drawback.

    The researchers ran the NOD to identify drug molecules that bind to protein targets in pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Plasmodium falciparum, Candida albicans, the human immunodeficiency virus, the hepatitis C virus and the novel coronavirus. They also tested its efficiency in identifying drugs that bind to G-protein-coupled receptors and kinases, two major drug targets in humans.

    NOD picked out 65 per cent of the protein targets in the pathogens, outperforming DrugBank, a popular open-access tool used for finding repurposed drugs. It identified several drugs with novel repurposing potential. Among them, diacerein, used for treating osteoarthritis, could be used against tuberculosis; afatinib, an anticancer agent, against candidiasis; and tranilast, an antiallergic drug, against malaria.

    MyAnimeList, Honeyfeed Web Novel Contest Removes Controversial Submission Rule After Backlash

    Anime database website MyAnimeList and web novel platform Honeyfeed announced an English-language web novel writing contest on Saturday. In addition to cash prizes, the top three winning entries will be sent to manga publisher Kodansha to review for a possible manga adaptation.

    The original submission rules (archived here) attracted criticism because they included a paragraph suggesting that authors would waive creative rights through submitting their work, including royalties and licensing. The paragraph, which was later removed, read as follows:

    By submitting any novel or other content as part of this contest, you expressly grant, and you represent and warrant that you have a right to grant, to Sponsors a worldwide, sublicensable, transferable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, license to use, reproduce, publish, list information regarding, translate, publicly display, and make derivative works of all such novel(s) and content in whole or in part, and in any form, media or technology, whether now known or hereafter developed, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or others.

    MyAnimeList announced the updated rules on Sunday. In a forum post, a MAL representative stated: “A paragraph suggesting contestants waived all rights was included by mistake and is now removed. The previous version of the rules stated that winners would receive a new contract, should their novel be chosen for adaptation, and this remains. We apologize for any alarm caused by our poor review and thank you for bringing it to our attention so that we could correct it.”

    The Frequently Asked Questions section of the rules clarifies that for losing entries to the contest, “the restriction from posting on other websites will be lifted after December 12, 2021.”

    ANN sent an inquiry to Honeyfeed regarding the terms of the new contract that would be given to winners, however Honeyfeed did not respond for comment.

    Entries for the competition will be open from July 5 to September 5.

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