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  • Millennials Call It Sharing, Wall Street Calls It Stealing

    10/25/2015 5:14:44 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 70 replies
    Money Mag ^ | 10-9-15 | Ian Salisbury
    Whatever you call it, it's killing the cable tv business. It’s no secret that young people like to consume entertainment they don’t necessarily pay for. But when business and tech types talk about this reality, they tend to use neutral or even flattering language: Millennials, they say, like to “swap” files and “share” subscription passwords. After all, super-earnest, bike-commuting, coffee-sipping twenty-somethings don’t look like dangerous criminals. And let’s face it, no business wants to alienate the work-force’s largest generational cohort, with billions, if not trillions, worth of spending ahead of it. But now some Wall Street analysts have decided to...
  • Proprietary Primate: Wikipedia Says Monkey Owns Copyright to ‘Selfie’

    08/07/2014 2:34:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    The National Review ^ | 8-7-14 | Ian Tuttle
    Monkey business — or legitimate copyright claim? In Indonesia in 2011 a female crested black macaque hijacked the camera of British nature photographer David Slater and proceeded to snap hundreds of photos — among them several selfies, photos of himself, one of which made worldwide headlines and the animal’s Wikipedia page. Slater, citing royalty losses, has tried to have the photograph removed from the site. The Telegraph reports: The Gloucestershire-based photographer now claims that the decision is jeopardising his income as anyone can take the image and publish it for free, without having to pay him a royalty. He complained...
  • Why is the internet community screaming about SOPA?

    01/02/2012 3:29:05 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 8 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Jan02,2012 | Libertynotfree
    SOPA is legislation designed to regulate how digital communication is used. SOPA will be voted on this month.
  • Up in the Air: Will America lose its dominance of the skies?

    12/21/2011 8:52:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies · 4+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 19, 2011 | Michael Auslin
    Up in the AirWill America lose its dominance of the skies? There were a number of reasons last week to look up to the sky and wonder about the future of airpower. In a world in which the United States will have smaller ground and naval forces, we will likely become more dependent on land- and sea-based airpower to deter or defeat enemies. The proper employment of air assets as part of a joint force allows for nearly instantaneous response to crises, saves American lives, and can bring pinpoint devastation to an enemy’s forces and command-and-control systems. Yet along with...
  • Watching TV on my PC (vanity)

    12/17/2011 6:10:09 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 27 replies
    Former Fetus
    Every so often I want to watch some TV program in my PC. Ok, it usually is football! When I google "this game lifestream" I usually get lots of sites from where I can download something for free that will allow me to watch the game. But I don't know anything about that site, how safe it is... Does any body have any recommendations? At least, does someone know how I can watch the Denver-New England game tomorrow? Thanks
  • Marshals ordered to seize Righthaven assets

    11/02/2011 1:22:13 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 26 replies ^ | 11/02/2011 | Steve Green
    Las Vegas copyright infringement lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC’s financial problems grew Tuesday when the federal court in Las Vegas commanded the U.S. Marshals Service to seize more than $63,000 in Righthaven assets to satisfy a creditor’s judgment and costs. Lance Wilson, clerk of the court, signed a writ of execution requested by attorneys for Wayne Hoehn, who was sued for copyright infringement by Righthaven —but then defeated Righthaven in court when his case was dismissed this summer. Righthaven since March 2010 has filed 275 lawsuits against websites, bloggers and message board posters claiming they infringed on material from the Las...
  • Righthaven: The controversy over copyrights

    07/25/2011 5:39:57 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 25 july 2011 | Steve Green
    The time has come to add copyright lawsuits—alongside casinos—as one of the things Las Vegas is best known for nationally. Copyright lawsuits? Yes, in national legal and media circles, Las Vegas is also now known as the epicenter of newspaper copyright infringement lawsuits. Who would’ve thought? Well, say hello to Las Vegas’ own Righthaven LLC, the entity behind the curious notoriety. Since March 2010, Righthaven has teamed with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post to file a whopping 275 federal lawsuits alleging copyright infringement and seeking damages of $150,000 apiece. These lawsuits are filed in retroactive fashion, meaning...
  • Does AP know how its YouTube channel works?

    04/09/2009 10:04:22 PM PDT · by ocr1 · 4 replies · 343+ views
    Cnet News ^ | April 8, 2009 5:30 PM PDT | Steven Musil
    ExcerptThe AP recently sent a letter to WTNQ-FM in Tennessee--an affiliate of the Associated Press, by the way--accusing the country music radio station of copyright violation for embedding videos from the AP's official YouTube channel on its Web site, according to a station employee's blog. The AP channel includes embed code for its videos, which allows any Web site or blog to embed the videos on their sites--a feature that can be turned off.
  • Obama brand protection: Copyrights

    01/31/2009 8:33:47 AM PST · by STARWISE · 30 replies · 1,318+ views
    The Swamp ^ | 1-30-09 | Mark Silva
    "Yes we can,'' the Obama campaign proclaimed. "No you can't,'' says the Obama White House of the varied attempts to cash in on the brand Obama built. Or maybe they can, or can't. The lawyers are looking into it, Bloomberg News reports" ### President-elect Barack Obama has created his own brand - represented both by the iconic images of the candidate who campaigned for "change'' and by the "Yes we can'' and "Change We Can Believe in" slogans generated by that campaign. Now the Obama White House, mindful of the "worldwide fascination'' about his election, First Amendment free-speech rights and...
  • Will the Supreme Court Play Ball With Fantasy Baseball Leagues?

    05/29/2008 6:06:07 PM PDT · by seacapn · 15 replies · 101+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, May 29, 2008 | Unattributed
    A fantasy sports league is facing a very real lawsuit from Major League Baseball, and the U.S. Supreme Court is deciding right now whether it wants to play ball. At issue is a big case roiling the sports world: Can MLB and its players charge fantasy leagues for the right to use their names and statistics? Fantasy leagues are operated by players who manage imaginary teams based on the stats of real-life athletes. Depending on how their players perform, their fantasy teams thrive or dive in carefully monitored standings. A St. Louis-based company called CBC Distribution and Marketing Inc. says...
  • Egypt to copyright pyramids

    12/25/2007 7:10:11 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 135 replies · 341+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec 25, 2007 | AFP
    CAIRO (AFP) — In a potential blow to themed resorts from Vegas to Tokyo, Egypt is to pass a law requiring payment of royalties whenever its ancient monuments, from the pyramids to the sphinx, are reproduced. Zahi Hawass, the charismatic and controversial head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told AFP on Tuesday that the move was necessary to pay for the upkeep of the country's thousands of pharaonic sites. "The new law will completely prohibit the duplication of historic Egyptian monuments which the Supreme Council of Antiquities considers 100-percent copies," he said. "If the law is passed then it...
  • Publishers See a Way to Track Their Content Across the Net

    11/05/2007 2:11:47 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 9 replies · 93+ views
    NY times ^ | 11-5-07 | RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
    Copyrighted work like a news article or a picture can hop between Web sites as easily as a cut-and-paste command. But more than ever, as that material finds new audiences, the original sources might not get the direct financial benefit — in fact, they might have little idea where their work has spread. A young company called Attributor says it has an answer, and a number of big publishers of copyrighted material say Attributor just might be right. The company has developed software that identifies an electronic “fingerprint” for a particular piece of material — an article, a picture, a...
  • Digital copyright silliness on campus

    06/09/2007 7:36:23 AM PDT · by gpapa · 27 replies · 998+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 9, 2007 | Fred von Lohmann
    What do Columbia, Vanderbilt, Duke and UCLA have in common? Apparently, leaders in Congress think they aren't expelling enough students for illegally swapping music and movies. The House committees responsible for copyright and education wrote a joint letter May 1 scolding the presidents of 19 major American universities, demanding that each school respond to a six-page questionnaire detailing steps it has taken to curtail illegal music and movie file-sharing on campus. One of the questions - "Does your institution expel violating students?" - shows just how out-of-control the futile battle against campus downloading has become.
  • Hamas 'Mickey Mouse' Wants Islam Takeover

    05/08/2007 12:36:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 2,026+ views
    Breitbart ^ | May 8, 2007 | DIAA HADID
    Hamas militants have enlisted the iconic Mickey Mouse to broadcast their message of Islamic dominion and armed resistance to their most impressionable audience—little kids. A giant black-and-white rodent—named "Farfour," or "butterfly," but unmistakably a Mickey ripoff—does his high-pitched preaching against the U.S. and Israel on a children's show run each Friday on Al-Aqsa TV, a station run by Hamas. The militant group, sworn to Israel's destruction, shares power in the Palestinian government. "You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists," Farfour squeaked on a recent episode of the show, which is titled, "Tomorrow's Pioneers." "We...
  • Copyright Laws

    05/07/2007 11:38:09 AM PDT · by SpaceDragon · 3 replies · 174+ views
    I am putting together a power point presentation and am having trouble trying to find out how to use music.
  • Perm Court Throws Out Headmaster Piracy Case

    02/16/2007 7:40:12 PM PST · by A. Pole · 5 replies · 285+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | Friday, February 16, 2007 | Tai Adelaja
    A Russian court on Thursday threw out the software piracy case against the head of a village school accused of installing pirated Microsoft software on school computers. Presiding Judge Vera Barakina of the Vereshchaginsky District Court in Perm dismissed the case against Alexander Ponosov on the grounds that it was "of little significance and no threat to the public." Ponosov, who had pled not guilty, said the ruling was a "big relief." "But something tells me the nightmare will continue," he said by telephone after the verdict Thursday. "I do not expect prosecutors to accept defeat without a fight." Ponosov...
  • U.S. official blasts Indian patent system

    12/04/2006 11:27:45 AM PST · by indthkr · 1 replies · 355+ views
    EE Times ^ | 12/04/2006 | K.C. Krishnadas
    A U.S. official leading a business delegation here called India's patent and copyright laws antiquated and unable to offer protections necessary for foreign companies to operate here. "Patent and copyright laws in India are old and back-dated and they no where match the world standards," said Franklin Lavin, undersecretary of Commerce for international trade. India and the U.S. "need to sit and work out a proper regulatory framework by identifying the weak areas. India needs to seek more participation by U.S. companies." Addressing a business seminar in New Delhi, Lavin said India needs to modernize its patent and copyright laws...
  • Digital archiving gains new tool ~ developed by the Library of New Zealand and the British Library.

    09/26/2006 9:09:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 564+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 26 September 2006, 14:54 GMT 15:54 UK | BBC Staff
    Digital archiving gains new tool The Labour Party website is among those being preserved A tool that makes it easier to gather and store digital archives has been developed by the National Library of New Zealand and the British Library.As more and more information goes online the race is on to create meaningful digital archives. The web curator tool automates the process of collecting and storing information. It will become a key part of the British Library's existing digital preservation programme. Web harvesting The libraries worked in partnership with technology firm Sytec under the auspices of the International Internet...
  • Hub’s American Dad to Fox: Back off

    04/27/2006 11:07:37 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 4 replies · 255+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 04/27/06 | Greg Gatlin
    Peter Demers says growing a business is tough enough “without being trampled over by a media giant.” Demers publishes the Web magazine out of a small office in the South End. The site, described as “an online resource for guys with kids” has offered parenting tips, advice on academics, ideas for hobbies and activities for children and other resources for dads since August 2003. It’s a small operation. The site gets about 1,800 to 2,000 visits a day. Demers says AmericanDad is trying to create a brand and community around fatherhood, and has ramped up marketing efforts recently to...
  • Associated Press Denied Credentials to Cover LPGA Events

    02/22/2006 7:19:00 PM PST · by willieroe · 10 replies · 876+ views
    CBS ^ | February 22, 2006 | Associated Press
    KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- The Associated Press was denied credentials to cover the LPGA Fields Open tournament Wednesday in a dispute over new restrictions on use of its stories and photos. AP reporter Jaymes Song was not allowed on the course during Wednesday's practice rounds or in the media room to cover Michelle Wie's news conference after refusing to sign the credential form with the new restrictions. Freelance photographer Ronen Zilberman also refused to sign the form and was denied a credential. The tournament begins Thursday. Without an agreement, AP sports editor Terry Taylor said the AP will not provide photographs...
  • Ben Franklin’s Greatest Invention

    12/08/2005 11:07:42 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 129 replies · 5,316+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 9 Nov., 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Even today, sources on inventions list six by Franklin that are still in active use today. One of those sits in my back hall, cheerfully and economically heating the back of my home – the Franklin stove. Another sits on the bridge of my nose as I write this – a pair of bifocals. But this is about Franklin’s greatest invention, one that the lists never mention because it is mere words, not a physical object. Franklin made seven trips to Europe, as a diplomat and scholar. He was welcomed into all the learned societies that existed in Europe then....
  • Music industry tries to hijack serious crime legislation in Europe

    11/23/2005 10:17:39 PM PST · by jb6 · 7 replies · 405+ views
    Open Rights Group ^ | November 23, 2005
    When the UK Presidency suggested to the EU that telecoms service providers and ISPs should be forced to retain information about the telephone calls you make and the sites you visit, they stated that it was an essential “balance” struck between liberty and security: a grave compromise necessitated by the threat of terrorism and serious crime. We don’t remember them mentioning “and might help the recording industry fish for file-sharing networks, DRM workarounds, and spurious patent infringers”. The newly-formed Creative and Media Business Alliance (CMBA), made up of companies such as Sony BMG, Disney, EMI, IFPI, MPA and Universal Music...
  • Books of Revelation [Google CEO]

    10/17/2005 8:44:54 PM PDT · by mathprof · 20 replies · 678+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | 10/18/05 | ERIC SCHMIDT
    Imagine sitting at your computer and, in less than a second, searching the full text of every book ever written. Imagine an historian being able to instantly find every book that mentions the Battle of Algiers. Imagine a high school student in Bangladesh discovering an out-of-print author held only in a library in Ann Arbor. Imagine one giant electronic card catalog that makes all the world's books discoverable with just a few keystrokes by anyone, anywhere, anytime. That's the vision behind Google Print, a program we introduced last fall to help users search through the oceans of information contained in...
  • The Libertarian Case: Against Intellectual Property Rights

    06/22/2005 12:34:52 PM PDT · by America First Libertarian · 8 replies · 366+ views
    Formulations ^ | Roderick T. Long
    It would be interesting to discover how far a seriously critical view of the benefits to society of the law of copyright ... would have a chance of being publicly stated in a society in which the channels of expression are so largely controlled by people who have a vested interest in the existing situation. — Friedrich A. Hayek, "The Intellectuals and Socialism A Dispute Among Libertarians The status of intellectual property rights (copyrights, patents, and the like) is an issue that has long divided libertarians. Such libertarian luminaries as Herbert Spencer, Lysander Spooner, and Ayn Rand have been strong...
  • Woman Silenced by Music Mafia

    05/02/2005 10:32:27 PM PDT · by weegee · 7 replies · 829+ views
    The Daily Texan ^ | Friday, April 29, 2005 | By Andrew Tran
    Evelyn won't return my phone calls. So that means she's ignoring me. Or she wants to talk to me, but can't, because the Recording Industry Association of America won't let her. In December, Evelyn found out she had been targeted by the RIAA in its ever increasing crusade against children, mothers and senior citizens who don't uncheck the "share" option in their peer-to-peer downloading software. The Daily Texan office received Evelyn's call on the last press day before winter break. She had received a notice from Time Warner stating that they were subpoenaed into releasing her personal information in a...
  • Verdict Creates Instant Millionaire: Nestle must pay a model $15.6 million for using his image

    02/02/2005 6:52:37 PM PST · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 1,510+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/1/05 | Meg James
    Russell Christoff was standing in line at a Home Depot in the spring of 2002 when a woman leaned over and said, "You look like the guy on my coffee jar." Christoff smiled. The Northern California model had been recognized before after appearing in corporate training films and landing a few movie and TV roles. He had even hosted his own program for public television, "Traveling California State Parks." But Christoff had never appeared on a coffee jar — or so he thought until several weeks later. That's when Christoff, shopping for bloody mary mix at a Rite-Aid store, happened...
  • "Jon Stewart, You Magnificent B*stard! I Read Your Book!"

    12/22/2004 8:38:32 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 42 replies · 2,231+ views
    24 December, 2004 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Dear Jon, So “America (the Book)” was named Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. More than successful, it’s a cultural phenomenon. I had to see what the shouting’s about. If your goal was money and self-promotion, congratulations. If you had a higher goal, close but no cigar. Begin with the Foreword “by” Thos. Jefferson. Ol’ Tom was one of the greatest political thinkers in history. I’m not going to pick on deliberate falsehoods or fake quotes. Nor brevity, nor attempts at humor. Just flat-out, factual errors. You have Jefferson say “we” composed “the Declaration and the Constitution.” You credit...
  • SCO seals deal for legal expense cap

    11/05/2004 9:03:07 PM PST · by yhwhsman · 18 replies · 570+ views ^ | Nov 5, 2004 | Stephen Shankland
    SCO seals deal for legal expense cap Published: November 5, 2004, 10:30 AM PST By Stephen Shankland Staff Writer, CNET The SCO Group has signed a previously announced agreement with two law firms that will cap legal expenses for its Linux and Unix litigation at $31 million, the company said in a legal filing Thursday. The expense cap agreement--announced Aug. 31 but signed Oct. 31--puts to rest some uncertainty about the company's abilities to pay the hefty legal fees incurred through its legal attacks against IBM, Novell, AutoZone and DaimlerChrysler and its legal defense against Red Hat. SCO's stock...
  • iPod users are music thieves says Ballmer

    10/06/2004 2:49:05 PM PDT · by Range Rover · 52 replies · 1,638+ views ^ | October 04 2004 | Andy McCue
    iPod users are music thieves says Ballmer October 04 2004 by Andy McCue 'Vested interest', say cynics... Speaking to an exclusive gathering of press in London on a number of issues, such as security, Steve Ballmer didn't pass up the opportunity to take several digs at his company's arch rival Apple. At the heart of the debate is Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology which will let content providers such as record labels and movie studios keep control of their intellectual property (IP) - or at least ensure all royalties are paid and copyright observed. Billing Microsoft as the good guys...
  • Conservative group savages anti-P2P bill

    09/24/2004 10:55:58 PM PDT · by ledzep75 · 3 replies · 390+ views
    CNET ^ | September 24, 2004 | Declan McCullagh
    The nation's oldest conservative group has become the latest and most vocal critic of an anti-file-swapping bill that foes say could target products like Apple Computer's iPod. The American Conservative Union (ACU), which holds influential Republican activists and former senators on its board of directors, is running newspaper and that take a humorous jab at the so-called Induce Act--and slams some conservative politicians for supporting it. "This is the Hollywood liberals trying to crush innovation," said ACU deputy director "What's sad is that they've got Republicans on their side." A Senate committee vote on the bill is scheduled for Thursday....
  • Who's a Pirate? Russia Points Back at the U.S. (AK-47s)

    07/26/2004 12:02:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 136 replies · 2,891+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 26, 2004 | C. J. CHIVERS
    IZHEVSK, Russia, July 24 - The bazaar in this industrial city shows why Western companies regard Russia as a land of piracy. Bootlegged copies of new American movies - "King Arthur,'' "Troy'' and "Spider-Man 2'' - sell for $3. Photoshop CS, a $600 program in Western stores, fetches $2.75. Markets like this, found throughout Russia, have been a longstanding subject of diplomatic complaint. Washington contends Russian intellectual-property pirates cost the United States more than $1 billion a year. Now Russia is striking back. A Russian industry and product designer are asserting that the United States has been abetting intellectual-property pirates...
  • Hatch's Induce Act comes under fire (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)

    07/06/2004 3:26:01 PM PDT · by take · 12 replies · 521+ views
    Hatch's Induce Act comes under fire US Congressman Rick Boucher took up arms against the Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act bill, being brought before Congress right now, in a website interview at Inside Digital Media this week. In answer to questions put by IDM's Phil Leigh, Boucher made it clear that he would fight tooth and claw to prevent the new bill from making it into law in its current form. Boucher himself is supporting and presenting a bill that calls for changes to be made to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which he feels is misguided in by making...
  • 'Fahrenheit 451' Author Wants Moore To Change Film's Name

    06/19/2004 12:01:16 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 54 replies · 785+ views
    LOS ANGELES -- Author Ray Bradbury is demanding an apology from filmmaker Michael Moore for lifting the title of his classic science-fiction novel "Fahrenheit 451" without permission. Bradbury wants Moore's new documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11," to be renamed. Bradbury's 1953 novel portrays an ugly futuristic society in which firemen burn books. "Fahrenheit 451" takes its title from the temperature at which books burn. Moore has called "Fahrenheit 9/11" the "temperature at which freedom burns." The film, which won top honors at the Cannes Film Festival, charges the Bush administration acted ineptly before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, then played on the...
  • Ruling clarifies copyright law

    04/10/2004 12:28:14 PM PDT · by Clive · 2 replies · 119+ views
    London Free Press (London Ontario) ^ | 2004-04-10 | David Canton
    In the recent and unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of Canada -- CCH Canada v. Law Society of Upper Canada -- Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin clarified a number of important issues for copyright law in Canada. While it dealt with copying in a law library, the principles discussed in the decision could affect issues surrounding such things as music downloading, computer software and compilations such as phone or business directories. The lawsuit was brought by three major Canadian publishers against the Law Society of Upper Canada, alleging copyright infringement. They alleged the law society was in contravention of copyright...
  • Federal judge rules copyright doesn't cover all Internet

    04/10/2004 9:14:44 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 12 replies · 174+ views
    Federal judge rules copyright doesn't cover all Internet Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. -- A U.S. District Court judge has ruled a Florida company's Internet-searching software program did not infringe on copyrights held by another Web site. Nautical Solutions Marketing Inc. of St. Petersburg runs a Web site called which uses a software program to harvest yacht sale information from other Web sites, including one owned by of Lake Forest, Ill., and then compiles it for its subscribers. Nautical's practice of collecting yacht listings, photos and product descriptions from various Web sites represented lawful use of facts that weren't...
  • Inside the Beltway (Our own Registered featured)

    03/19/2004 4:32:04 AM PST · by Elkiejg · 159 replies · 278+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/19/04 | John McCaslin
    <p>It's not every day that a graphic artist finds his work cited as a major issue in a presidential campaign.</p> <p>Richard Taylor isn't exactly happy that John Kerry's spokesman, David Wade, named him as an example in support of Mr. Kerry's assertion that Republicans are the "most crooked ... lying group I've ever seen."</p>
  • ATF Director to Head Music Industry's Anti-Piracy Efforts

    12/10/2003 12:39:32 AM PST · by archy · 24 replies · 256+ views
    Fox News 5 Atlanta/ AP ^ | Tuesday, December 09, 2003 | AP via Fox TV News
    <p>WASHINGTON — The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leaving his post next month to lead the recording industry's efforts to stop music piracy.</p> <p>Bradley A. Buckles, who served ATF for 30 years and was named director in 1999, will come head of the Anti-Piracy Unit of the Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group announced Tuesday.</p>
  • Supreme Court Allows Rosa Parks to Sue Rap Duo

    12/08/2003 10:54:46 AM PST · by NYer · 108 replies · 718+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | December 8, 2003 | James Vicini
    The justices let stand a U.S. appeals court ruling that reinstated Parks' false advertising and publicity claims against OutKast and three Bertelsmann AG (news - web sites) units -- LaFace Records, the record producer, and Arista Records and BMG Entertainment, the distributors. Parks made history in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a white man and move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her arrest, which became a defining moment in the civil rights movement, led to a 381-day boycott of the bus system by blacks. It resulted in the end...
  • Kazaa vs. the Copyright Cartel

    07/23/2003 12:22:08 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 500+ views ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2003 | Ilana Mercer
    Like any good trade union, the Recording Industry Association of America is wielding its government-granted powers to terrorize. The RIAA has so far secured 871 subpoenas against individual computer users suspected of sharing music files on the Internet, with roughly 75 new subpoenas being approved daily. Sixty million people are estimated to use online file-sharing services and, presumably, to be at risk of violating copyright. By the looks of it, the RIAA wants to put more people through the courts than the failed and immoral Drug War has. Rising fascism and the ease with which the courts are willing to...
  • Don't Use Those Words: Fox News Owns Them

    08/14/2003 6:41:24 AM PDT · by boris · 18 replies · 285+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08-14-2003 | Jack M. Balkin
    Don't Use Those Words: Fox News Owns Them By Jack M. Balkin, Jack M. Balkin teaches constitutional law at Yale Law School. Fox News is suing comedian and writer Al Franken in the New York courts, attempting to stop the sale of his forthcoming book, "Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right." Fox claims that Franken may not use the expression "fair and balanced" because it has been trademarked by Fox News and that Franken's book would confuse viewers about the source of the book and about the objectivity of its...
  • It's Offical:Mother Teresa is now copyrighted ($$KA-CHING$$)

    07/23/2003 9:58:29 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 10 replies · 243+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 24 2003 | staff writer
    Now Mother Teresa is copyrightJuly 24 2003 Mother Teresa did not want her name used without her permission. Photo: AFP Nuns of Mother Teresa's order had obtained a copyright to her name and their logo from Indian authorities, one of the sisters said. They had sought a copyright to prevent commercial groups from using Mother Teresa's name and the logo of the order, said Sister Christie, of the Missionaries of Charity. "Mother House has received the certification of copyright registration. The logo, designed by Mother Teresa, is a rosary-encircled globe with a cross at the centre," she said. "We are...
  • Nuns Seek to Copyright Mother Teresa's Name

    07/09/2003 11:41:46 AM PDT · by berserker · 1 replies · 272+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 9, 2003 | Reuters News
    CALCUTTA, India (Reuters) - The order of nuns founded by Mother Teresa seeks to copyright her name in a bid to stop other organizations -- from banks to business schools -- trying to cash in on the Nobel peace laureate's image worldwide. "We are seeking legal protection for the use of our logo, and also want such protection for the name of Mother Teresa and that of the Missionaries of Charity," Sister Nirmala, the head of the order, said in a statement. "In her lifetime, Mother Teresa expressed on a number occasions her wish that her name not be used...
  • Publicly funded research papers could circulate for free, under Sabo bill

    07/07/2003 8:06:17 AM PDT · by Valin · 4 replies · 174+ views
    Mpls (red)Star Tribune ^ | 7/7/03 | Kevin Diaz
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's not only novelists and rock stars who care if you get copyrighted stuff for free. Scientists and academic researchers are engaged in their own hot dispute about the public's right to free, cutting-edge data, particularly online information about health and medicine. A nationwide campaign to give consumers free direct access to scientific research is getting TV exposure through commercials during "The Simpsons," as well as a hearing in Congress from Rep. Martin Sabo, D-Minn. He has introduced legislation that would forbid the copyrighting of federally funded scientific research. "It is wrong when a breast cancer patient...
  • RFP: Omniscience Protocol (a wonderful critique of Orrin Hatch)

    07/05/2003 8:24:25 PM PDT · by stimpyone · 7 replies · 172+ views
    Network World Fusion ^ | 6/30/03 | Scott Bradner
    RFP: Omniscience Protocol By Scott Bradner Network World, 06/30/03 In another great example of the people's representatives at work, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has come out four square in favor of weapons of mass computer destruction. Hatch, who is the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he was interested in "destroying" the computers of people who illegally download copyrighted material. He said this "may be the only way you can teach somebody about copyrights." Well I guess that crushing the cars of speeders instead of giving them tickets would teach drivers about the evils of going too fast, but...
  • Digital Communism

    05/06/2003 12:28:28 PM PDT · by traditionalist · 105 replies · 1,443+ views
    National Review ^ | 5/6/2003 | James D. Miller
    Internet file-trading tools, a California court handed a major victory to communism. The Internet allows the well-wired to take copyrighted material freely. Left unchecked, rampant copyright theft may soon destroy the for-profit production of movies, music and books and may usher in an age of digital communism. Technology will soon increase the ease of copyright theft because as broadband access proliferates, more people will be able to download pirated movies and music quickly. Currently, authors are safe from Internet piracy because most book readers still prefer printed words to electronic text. We may soon, however, see electronic paper that is...
  • U.S. Sides with Record Labels in Internet Case

    04/20/2003 6:27:24 AM PDT · by Radix · 82 replies · 232+ views ^ | April 18, 2003 | Andy Sullivan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government sided with the recording industry in its dispute with Verizon Communications Inc. on Friday, saying a digital-copyright law invoked by record labels to track down Internet song-swappers did not violate the U.S. Constitution.
  • Remarks by Chairman Alan Greenspan: Market Economies and Rule of Law

    04/04/2003 2:31:10 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies · 390+ views
    The Federal Reserve Board ^ | April 4, 2003 | Alan Greenspan
    Remarks by Chairman Alan GreenspanMarket Economies and Rule of LawAt the 2003 Financial Markets Conference of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Sea Island, Georgia (via satellite) April 4, 2003 Market economies require a rule of law. A society without state protection of individual rights, especially the right to own property, would not build private long term assets, a key ingredient of a growing modern economy. Yet an excess of rules--in the extreme case, central planning--has also been shown to stifle initiative and produce economic stagnation. Since its early stirrings in eighteenth century Britain, modern economic development has been...
  • The RIAA are going the way of the buggy whip!

    01/27/2003 12:12:22 PM PST · by Radix · 9 replies · 220+ views
    The boston Globe ^ | 1/27/2003 | Hiawatha Bray
    Just under two weeks ago, the RIAA did a deal with a group representing eight of the nation's top computer companies. Included in the deal was a pledge to oppose mandatory anti-copying hardware for personal computers.
  • European Copyrights Expiring on Recordings From 1950's

    01/02/2003 12:05:29 PM PST · by GeneD · 22 replies · 245+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 1/2/2003 | Anthony Tommasini
    European copyright protection is expiring on a collector's trove of 1950's jazz, opera and early rock 'n' roll albums, forcing major American record companies to consider deals with bootleg labels and demand new customs barriers. Already reeling from a stagnant economy and the illegal but widespread downloading of copyrighted music from the Internet, the recording companies will now face a perfectly legal influx of European recordings of popular works. Copyright protection lasts only 50 years in Europe compared to 95 years in the United States, even if the recordings were originally made and released in America. So recordings made in...
  • Guard Against Web Zealots' Greed, Too

    10/28/2002 8:09:05 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 4 replies · 235+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/28/02 | John Balzar
    "What we have here is another installment in the modern fantasy fable about "new economics." Nevermind that the first testament proved to be pure hokum." The place was rural Washington state. In daylight, a man busily unloaded trash from his pickup truck, scattering it on the shoulder of the road. He was confronted. "Hey, this is private property!" "Oh, sorry," the man with the pickup replied, "I thought this was Weyerhaeuser land." A Weyerhaeuser forest ranger recounted this story to me. Weyerhaeuser is a corporate landowner with vast timber holdings in Washington state. And it wasn't the first time this...