Before I even get into this, let me just say that, yes, I know Paul Walker was universally considered a nice guy who did things like secretly pay for a soldier’s engagement ring. And, yes, I know that he wasn’t driving the Porsche that left him dead last Saturday afternoon. And, no, this isn’t a post where I say I’m glad he’s dead and left behind a daughter to drive up clicks. (Please don’t Google the person who did write exactly that because then I’ll regret even typing that sentence.) But, here’s the rub, Paul Walker was part of a culture where driving a car however you want is more important than other people’s lives. Because here’s what we do know:
- The crash occurred at three in the afternoon on a public street.
- The Porsche was still going at least 90 mph on said street, so the fact they weren’t racing is irrelevant.
- There were doughnut marks found near the crash, and Roger Rodas and Paul Walker routinely tested out cars on the street for fun and profit to “see what they could do.”
Kanye is not the voice of a generation as he so frequently claims to be. Kanye is a fool with a microphone – a very talented, gifted, rich, and successful fool, but as the saying goes, a fool and his money are easily parted. And after this amazingly expensive and so far unsuccessful tour, Kanye may end up with, literally, a large bill. Not something he’d be looking to pay before what will be, a very large wedding with his fiancé, Kim Kardashian.
Bashir was a journalist before he joined MSNBC, though his reputation was hardly impeccable. As Tina Brown reported in The Diana Chronicles, Bashir faked documents suggesting that News Of The World was paying former employers of the Spencer family for stories to build Princess Diana’s trust in him in the leadup to her remarkably candid interview with him on the BBC. Much more famously, Bashir wooed Michael Jackson by telling him that he wanted to do a special on Neverland Ranch, which he described in a letter as “an extraordinary, a breathtaking, a stupendous, an exhilarating and amazing place.” The resulting expose suggested strongly that Jackson was having sexual contact with children–it may have been an important story, but Bashir’s approach to getting it was not a comfortable one.
By “suggested strongly” I’m sure she means “entirely fabricated through Bashir’s suggestive voice-overs; voice overs which contradict Bashir’s actual comments recorded by Jackson’s staff on location”.
Let’s be clear, Michael Jackson was not perfect. But the raw footage shows, without question, that Bashir manipulated his material to give the impression that Michael Jackson was a lurid criminal, despite all evidence to the contrary.
The test for fair use is a balancing act of four factors, but how they’re weighed is often subjective, determined by a judge. Different judges rule differently on similar fair use cases, and circuit courts commonly reverse fair use rulings from district courts on appeal.
If even judges can’t agree on fair use, what chance do the rest of us have of understanding it?
In fair use, there’s no silver bullet and exceptions are the norm. Some parodies are fair use, others aren’t. Commercial use can weigh against a fair use ruling, but there are many notable commercial exceptions. Using a substantial amount of the original artwork can hurt your case, other times it doesn’t matter. Damaging the market value of an original artwork can hurt your claim or, as with parodies, it may not matter at all.
I’ve been reading/talking about fair use for a while now, as has Andy Baio. If you care about this stuff, and you should, you definitely should read his latest article.
However, perhaps the best line in the entire article is this:
Infringement is not theft. These are two completely different terms with different meanings. If Goldieblox stole something, the Beastie Boys wouldn’t have it anymore.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the remarkable HNIC technical team at CBC, you are hands down the best in the business and I’m glad your hard work and talents will continue to be shared with Canadians through our new deal with Rogers. However, starting next year, Rogers will assume all editorial control (all editorial decisions with respect to the content, on-air talent and the creative direction of HNIC – we have the right to be consulted and there is a commitment to excellence) under the new agreement.
I don’t care about hockey, but even I am saddened by the news that in four years the CBC may no longer show hockey. It’s bad enough they lost their theme song.
In an era where we increasingly know almost every single thing about a movie before we actually pay for a ticket, movie posters don’t quite serve the same marketing purpose that they used to … but still, there are few pleasures better known to a film fan than walking past a perfectly conceived one-sheet on your way into the theater, that single image as hype-worthy as any two-minute trailer. With that in mind, and with 2013 drawing to a close, I went over the last year in movie posters and picked out the best and worst, along with nine lessons learned.
While there are no legal consequences (like fines) under the DMCA for copyright abusers, there is a provision that allows victims of censorship (and their web hosts) to bring legal action against those who submit fraudulent DMCA notices. So today, we’ve joined with Oliver, Ivan, and Adam to take a small strike back at DMCA abuse. We’ve filed two lawsuits for damages under Section 512(f) of the DMCA, which allows for suits against those who “knowingly materially misrepresent” a case of copyright infringement.
The Monty Python gang is coming back for a reunion show at London’s 02 arena in July.
John Cleese said Thursday the London show is planned as a single event but that further engagements are possible. He also said the group’s famous “dead parrot” sketch would likely be incorporated into the performance.
It’s official! Monty Python, the funniest human beings in the history of the planet (except for maybe the Romans) are reuniting.
This is basically like The Beatles reuniting… well the ones that are still alive. Which come to think of it wouldn’t make for a very interesting show, so this is BETTER than The Beatles reuniting. YEAH I SAID IT!
Glas won master film maker Bert Haanstra a well-deserved Academy Award® for Best Short Documentary in 1959. The film contrasts the production of hand made crystal from the Royal Leerdam Glass Factory with automated bottle making machines in the Netherlands. An industrial film with a bebop heart, its lyrical use of light and sound still looks and sounds fabulous, nearly 60 years after it was made.
For the past three years we have been diligently researching the controversy that surrounded the first posthumous Michael Jackson album, Michael, released by Epic Records and The Estate of Michael Jackson in December 2010.
Our mission with theA Truth UntoldKickstarter campaign is to raise the funds required to complete the research and publish the extensive findings of the investigation as an exclusive tell-all book detailing the shocking true story of whatreally happened.
Very intrigued by this project. I am familiar with some of those involved and am definitely interested in learning more and hope this whole thing finally puts to bed the issue of the Cascio tracks… seriously people, let’s move on.
That being said, the folks involved need to consider putting forward a little more to entice people into donating. I generally only back projects from either people I know I can trust, or people who put forward enough information up front that I’m confident my money is going to go to good use. But in the case there’s a lot of talk, and not a whole lot else…
But I’m hopeful.
(But seriously, this Cascio business needs to end)
Access to your favourite movies and TV shows on your tablet, smartphone or online.
51 different services. Each with a limited range of content, mostly restricted to their personal networks, and in many cases with horrific end-user experiences (poor quality, broken ads, stalling mid-episode and never completing, etc.)
Canada needs to hurry the hell up and get a Hulu type deal going. One site, with (almost) all networks, high quality (HD for extra money), ads that work, and generally positive end user experience.
And until that day comes, people will continue to download/stream illegally. Make the “legal” experience as good/better than the “illegal” experience and no one will break the law.
Rob Ford’s problem is this: while he tries to dictate how we should all treat him with respect to this scandal, and humbly requests that we consider him a victim in this thing, he does not in fact get to do that. Rob Ford lied to Toronto many, many times. He is, by his own admission, someone who has committed criminal offences, and there are very likely more criminal offences yet to be laid at the Fords’ doorstep. He has turned our city into an international laughingstock, while hawking broken promises about fiscal prudence and increasing our cynicism about politics immeasurably.
Rob Ford cannot be allowed to continue to be the mayor of Toronto. His continued presence is a stain on the office and on the city.
Just the other day, a definitive Toronto image was making the rounds on Twitter. One of the turnstiles in the subway system had broken and no guards were around, so passengers had left their tickets and change in a small pile on the side. I live in an absurdly law-abiding, rule-following city. There’s one major exception: the mayor. He smokes crack. He said so on Tuesday. Twice.
The old clichés are beginning to fall away from the city where I live. What has happened to Toronto the Good? Where is “New York run by the Swiss”? Mayor Rob Ford’s crack smoking — “probably in one of my drunken stupors,” he admitted — is only the most extreme example of his recent illicit adventures.
In two short years, Everpix has gone from a dream shared by two French graphics experts to one of the world’s best solutions for managing a large library of photos. It attracted 55,000 users and earned enough each month to cover the cost of the service, if not employees’ salaries.
I’ve tried a couple services in the past. This one truly was the best of the breed.
With the service’s remaining lifespan now measured in days, Latour scrambled to find a home for the product and his team. He worked on one potential deal for a so-called acqui-hire, in which the team would stay together at a new company while the product shut down; and another for a true acquisition, in which Everpix’s core technology would live on in some form. He also tried to negotiate a last-minute, product-saving infusion of cash from an investor who loved the product.
The question in the room was whether any of it would come in time. The bills were starting to come due, and there was no money to pay them. Silicon Valley prides itself on being a place where great ideas win, and yet here was an excellent product teetering on the edge of oblivion. “It feels like we’re going 100mph into the brick wall,” Fan said. “And we’re still picking up speed. But we don’t know if the wall is going to be there.”
It is with a heavy heart we announce that Everpix will be shutting down in the coming weeks.
We started this company two years ago with the goals of solving the photo mess and designing better ways for people to enjoy their memories. We are very proud of the work we’ve done—from the cutting-edge…
Really saddened about this. Everpix has evolved into a really fantastic product, one that I used on almost a daily basis. I had even considered purchasing a subscription for my parents to help them get all their photos organized.
I only wish that I had showed my support by purchasing an account… it’s true what they say. When it comes to the cloud put your money where your mouth is, or else the services you love could be gone tomorrow.
I’ve collected eight recent social media posts by large companies. Most of these updates are from the last month. To try to pick the abjectly stupidest one would not be easy. You can go ahead and give it a try, though.
I tried being a social media “guru” for about a year when I was in school. I tried to keep things straight forward, “just the facts ma’am”. Twitter was only just starting to become mainstream then and luckily I was never asked to pull this kind of shit.
Because it’s halloween videos like this always start to make the rounds. And while it’s a great reminder of just how strong an album Thriller was, it also reminds us just what a brilliant choreographer and dancer Jackson was.
This collection contains selected historically important software packages from the Internet Archive’s software archives. Through the use of in-browser emulators, it is possible to try out these items and experiment with using them, without the additional burdens of installing emulator software or tracking down the programs. Many of these software products were the first of their kind, or utilized features and approaches that have been copied or recreated on many programs since. (historic software, vintage software, antique software)
Comcast is pitching a new low-cost, broadband-plus-TV bundle designed for consumers who have shunned or canceled traditional cable TV, using HBO as a key enticement for those who don’t want to pay for a full package with other cable channels like ESPN, Fox News or TNT.
According to the customer who noticed the missing titles, Disney elected to remove the content from the iTunes Store, preventing customers who have purchased the movies/TV shows from re-downloading the content via iTunes in the Cloud, which allows users access to previously purchased content.
I have a feeling this is likely related to Disney’s stupid practice of putting titles “into the vault” (a practice I am vehemently opposed to, and the kind of practice that pretty much encourages people to pirate your content). That said there’s something chilling about the idea that if I buy something from iTunes and remove it from my computer to save space, knowing I can return to it later via iCloud that my content might disappear because some greedy corporate lawyer decided to pull Apple’s license.
The article has been updated with a response from Disney which eases some of that tension:
Update: A Disney spokesperson told AppAdvice that Disney plans to work with Apple to ensure that users who purchased The Lion King and other content now removed from the App Store will be able to continue to download their purchases.
That said, isn’t Apple a major share-holder in Disney? Makes sense that they’d co-operate. It’s companies like Warner and Universal that I worry about…
Either way, it’s one more reason why I continue to buy physical media and why I hope it never truly dies out. The fact is, if it’s in the cloud you don’t own it.
In which our heroes discuss the song of the summer, an unfortunate accident in Australia, and recommend some music, movies, and tv shows that you should totally check out. Also, they need a name. For the love of God give them a name! #HeyHeyHey
RHPS can be seen as a skillful mashup primarily of two Hitchcockian sources, some fantastic original music, the Frankenstein and Dracula stories, and just a little cross dressing. The main plot of RHPS, (Story A), comes from the Hitchcock inspired Outer Limits episode, “The Forms of Things Unknown” (1964), or FoTU. The B story, (Eddie’s murder and the dinner party), comes from Hitchcock’s “Rope” (1948). There is an exact 1-1 correspondence between the characters in RHPS and the characters in Rope. The Frankensteinian elements in the A story are from “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957).
This document follows the story of RHPS and pulls elements from the other sources to match them. The names of the characters in FoTU and Rope have been altered slightly. The screen shots of Alfred Hitchcock are, of course, from the TV anthology show “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”.