Daily Archives: January 19, 2012

Supreme Court Deciding Whether Congress May Copyright Public Domain Works (from Wired)


Supreme Court Deciding Whether Congress May Copyright Public Domain Works (from Wired)

Supreme Court Deciding Whether Congress May Copyright Public Domain Works (from Wired) (click here to learn more about public domain works)

Excepts from article:
Some of the works at issue include:

The government argued that Congress adopted what was known as “Section 514″ for its “indisputable compliance” with the convention and to remedy “historic inequities of foreign authors who lost or never obtained copyrights in the United States.”

 “In other words, the United States needed to impose the same burden on American reliance parties that it sought to impose on foreign reliance parties. Thus, the benefit that the government sought to provide to American authors is congruent with the burden that Section 514 imposes on reliance parties. The burdens on speech are therefore directly focused to the harms that the government sought to alleviate,” the appeals court wrote.

Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project and Stanford University and a plaintiff’s lawyer in the case, urged the justices to take the case.

“The point of copyright protection is to encourage people to create things that will ultimately belong to the public. While the scope and duration of copyright protection has changed over time, one aspect of the copyright system has remained consistent: once a work is placed in the public domain, it belongs to the public, and remains the property of the public – free for anyone to use for any purpose,” he wrote in a blog post.

Here are links to the court record in the case.

See Also:

(Source: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/03/supreme-court-recopyright/)

Guitare Bob Anthonioz Banjo Philippe Bourgeois


The folks onscreen are French guitarist Bob Anthonioz  (Hardy) and banjo player Philippe Bourgeois (Laurel) paying tribute to legendary comedy stars Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy by dressing like them.

Soggy Bottom Boys – I’m A Man Of Constant Sorrow



The Internet Goes Dark (from ACLU)


The Internet Goes Dark (from ACLU)
The Internet Goes Dark (from ACLU) (click here to access the report)

The Twenty-Seven: http://www.businessinsider.com/18-new-senators-oppose-pipa-after-yesterdays-protests-2012-1#ixzz1jvt8tyuA

Life at 27_European Union_ Mith of Equality at an end (from presseurop)


Life at 27_European Union_ Mith of Equality at an end (from presseurop)

Life at 27_European Union_ Mith of Equality at an end (from presseurop) (click here to access report)European UnionMyth of equality at an endWhether it’s the planned European treaty, the S&P downgrade of nine eurozones states or reprimands issued to Hungary, recent events in the EU have highlighted how powerful countries are now imposing their law on their smaller neighbours. Polish columnist Jacek Żkowski aims to set the record straight.Jacek ŻakowskiImage via Wikipedia

Quotation of the Day: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)


Nothing is so great an instance of ill manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none: if you flatter only one or two, you affront the rest.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Discuss

  1. As a wolf is like a dog, so is a flatterer like a friend —Thomas Fuller
  2. Bang compliments backwards and forwards, like two asses scrubbing one another —Jonathan Swift
  3. Bask in it [flattery] like a sunflower —Tennessee Williams
  4. A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil —Victor Hugo
  5. Compliments are like perfume, to be inhaled, not swallowed —Charles Clark Munn
  6. Fawn like dogs —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  7. Flattered me like a dog —William ShakespeareShakespeare’s simile from King Lear continues with, “And told me I had white hairs in my beard ‘ere the black ones were there.”
  8. Flatterers, like cats, lick and then scratch —German proverb
  9. Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs —George Chapman
  10. Flattering as a testimonial dinner —Anon
  11. Flattery is like a cigarette; it is all right if you don’t inhale —Adlai Stevenson
  12. Flattery … is like a qualmish liqueur in the midst of a bottle of wine —Benjamin Disraeli
  13. Flattery is like champagne, it soon gets into the head —William Brown
  14. Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed —Josh Billings Paraphrased from Billings’phonetic dialect which reads: “Flattery is like Kolone water, tew be smelt of, not swallowed.”
  15. Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit —Socrates
  16. Flattery is like wine, which exhilarates a man for a moment, but usually ends up going to his head and making him act foolish —Helen Rowland
  17. (Twilight was) kind as candlelight to a bad face lift —Paige Mitchell
  18. An overdose of praise is like ten lumps of sugar in coffee; only a very few people can swallow it —Emily Post
  19. Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity —Samuel Johnson
  20. Some folks pay a compliment like they went down in their pocket for it —Kin Hubbard
    (Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/flattery)

I think:  “Flattery and vanity when added are a whole, when divided nulify!” 

Day 12: Project 365 – Shadow (reblogged from Four Blue Hills, A Repository of Sorts)


Day 12: Project 365 – Shadow.

Shadow: Beautiful eyes indeed!

Historic Effort to Recall Wisconsin Gov. Walker Reveals “People Power” After 1 Million Sign Petition


http://www.democracynow.org/2012/1/19/historic_effort_to_recall_wisconsin_gov)Image via Wikipedia“]Historic Effort to Recall Wisconsin Gov. Walker Reveals "People Power" After 1 Million Sign Petition

SOPA: Anti-Piracy or Censorship? Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales vs. Copyright Alliance’s Sandra Aistars (from Democracy Now, January 19, 2012)


SOPA _ Anti-Piracy or Censorship _ Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales vs. Copyright Alliance’s Sandra Aistars. Copyright Alliance’s Sandra Aistars

SOPA _ Anti-Piracy or Censorship _ Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales vs. Copyright Alliance’s Sandra Aistars. Copyright Alliance’s Sandra Aistars (click here to access program)


SOPA: Anti-Piracy or Censorship? Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales vs. Copyright Alliance’s Sandra Aistars

Congressional support for a pair of anti-piracy bills is weakening after Wednesday’s historic online protest in which thousands of websites went dark for 24 hours. Hollywood film studios, music publishers and major broadcasters support the anti-piracy legislation, saying it aims to stop the piracy of copyrighted material over the internet on websites based outside the United States. “We’re talking about sites that are operated and dedicated to piracy and that are really preventing individual creators across the country from having an economic livelihood from their creative pursuits,” says Sandra Aistars, executive director of the Copyright Alliance, whose members include the Motion Picture Association of America, NBCUniversal, Time Warner, Viacom, ASCAP and BMI. But critics say the bills could profoundly change the internet by stifling innovation and investment, hallmarks of the free, open internet. “Wikipedia could be defined as a search engine under these [bills],” says Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Sales. “That would mean that it would be illegal for Wikipedia to link to a site, even if we’re writing an encyclopedia article explaining to the public what is The Pirate Bay, what is going on here, and we want to send you there so you can go and take a look for yourself. That would become illegal. This is outrageous, and it’s just not acceptable under the First Amendment.” 
(Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/1/19/sopa_anti_piracy_or_censorship_wikipedias)

CENSORSHIP - WHERE FREEDOM ENDS

CENSORSHIP - WHERE FREEDOM ENDS (CLICKING HERE WILL TAKE YOU NOWHERE)

CENSORSHIP: WHERE FREEDOMS END! (What I think about censorship, censoring and fundamental Human right to communicate Freely!)


CENSORSHIP: WHERE FREEDOMS END!.

Websites Stage Historic Strike Against Anti-Piracy Laws (Democracy Now): January 19, 2012


Websites Stage Historic Strike Against Anti-Piracy Laws (Democracy Now)

Websites Stage Historic Strike Against Anti-Piracy Laws (Democracy Now) (click here to access headlines from Democracy Now)

The Sopa blackout protest makes history by Amy Goodman at The Guardian


The SOPA blackout protest makes history by Amy Goodman at The Guardian

The SOPA blackout protest makes history by Amy Goodman at The Guardian

Live Stream of Today’s Show _ Democracy Now -January 19 2012 (from Democracy Now)


Live Stream of Today's Show _ Democracy Now -January 19 2012

Live Stream of Today's Show _ Democracy Now -January 19 2012 (click here to access this news)

Birds of San Gabriel River


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Birds of San Gabriel River: Black Neck Pelican (quite rare)


Birds of San Gabriel River: Black Neck Pelican (quite rare)

usually you don’t see these birds too often, they may be included on a rare or endangered list of birds from California (I doubt they realize that). Its just a pelican, I guess, with gorgeous panache.