February 17, 2006

LinkNews Digest [02/17/2006]

RIAA Sez: Ripping Your CDs May Be Illegal

As part of the on-going DMCA rule-making proceedings, the RIAA and other copyright industry associations submitted a filing that included this gem as part of their argument that space-shifting and format-shifting do not count as noninfringing uses, even when you are talking about making copies of your own CDs:
"Nor does the fact that permission to make a copy in particular circumstances is often or even routinely granted, necessarily establish that the copying is a fair use when the copyright owner withholds that authorization. In this regard, the statement attributed to counsel for copyright owners in the MGM v. Grokster case is simply a statement about authorization, not about fair use."

For those who may not remember, here's what Don Verrilli said to the Supreme Court last year:
"The record companies, my clients, have said, for some time now, and it's been on their website for some time now, that it's perfectly lawful to take a CD that you've purchased, upload it onto your computer, put it onto your iPod."

Cheyney's Got A Gun

A roundup of the Late Shows' Cheyney-Shoots-Lawyer jokes:
David Letterman:
  • "But here is the sad part: before the trip Donald Rumsfeld had denied the guy's request for body armor."
  • "The guy who got gunned down, he is a Republican lawyer and a big Republican donor and fortunately the buck shot was deflected by wads of laundered cash. So he's fine. He took a little in the wallet."

    Jay Leno:
  • "That's the big story over the weekend. ... Dick Cheney accidentally shot a fellow hunter, a 78-year-old lawyer. In fact, when people found out he shot a lawyer, his popularity is now at 92 percent."
  • "I think Cheney is starting to lose it. After he shot the guy he screamed, 'Anyone else want to call domestic wire tapping illegal?'"

    Craig Ferguson:
  • "You can understand why this lawyer fellow let his guard down, because if you're out hunting with a politician, you think, 'If I'm going to get it, it's going to be in the back.' "

    Jon Stewart:
  • "Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a man during a quail hunt ... making 78-year-old Harry Whittington the first person shot by a sitting veep since Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, of course, (was) shot in a duel with Aaron Burr over issues of honor, integrity and political maneuvering. Whittington? Mistaken for a bird."
  • "Now, this story certainly has its humorous aspects. ... But it also raises a serious issue, one which I feel very strongly about. ... moms, dads, if you're watching right now, I can't emphasize this enough: Do not let your kids go on hunting trips with the vice president. I don't care what kind of lucrative contracts they're trying to land, or energy regulations they're trying to get lifted -- it's just not worth it." (LINK)

  • See Also: NeedneNose's Handy Hunting Visual Aid:

  • Loner sent me this link to A "Cheyney Shot ___" story generator. Plug in a name and a pic and get Some Funny (if entirely unrealistic) Results

    That's "DEPUTY Hulk" to You!

    Lou Ferrigno, 54, who played the green-skinned monster on the CBS-TV show from 1977 to 1982, was sworn in during a ceremony Monday night.

    "My father was a police officer with the New York Police Department; I've always had a high respect for officers," Ferrigno told The Associated Press. [He] began training to become a reserve deputy last September after passing a background check. He completed training in firearms, first aid, and high-speed driving techniques and was recognized as "an outstanding trainee" by Sheriff Lee Baca.

    In recent years, Ferrigno has appeared as himself on the CBS sitcom "The King of Queens." (LINK)

    "Freedom Fries" - Revisited

    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Not content with pelting European embassies with petrol bombs to protest against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, Iranians have decided to rename the "Danish pastries" relished by this nation of cake lovers.

    From now on, the sweet, flaky pastries which dominate the shelves in Iran's cake shops will be known as "Roses of the Prophet Mohammad," the official IRNA news agency reported as pressure on Denmark over the cartoons took on a new dimension.

    "No one is allowed to make fun of our beloved and respected Prophet," Hassan Nasserzadeh, a cake-shop owner in central Tehran, told Reuters.

    The pastries are baked every day and are not imported or subject to any boycott of Danish goods imposed over the cartoons. (LINK )
    [ASIDE: Ridiculpoathy TOTALLY called this one. - Ed.]

    "Honey, Why are you calling my Cell all day long?"

    So Hideto Tomabechi, one of the guys who helped deprogram members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult in Japan, has started selling a ringtone that he says will make your breasts grow larger just by listening to it, something which should make it very popular with the ladies (guys, you're gonna want to carry some earplugs just in case). Fortunately there are customer testimonials in case you were worried about this thing being legit or not, and Tomabechi says it's really simple, that he just uses sounds that "make the brain and body move unconsciously. It's a technique involving subliminal effects," that's like "positive brainwashing." If getting all busty through a ringtone isn't your bag, he also ringtones on the way that'll improve your memory, make you more attractive to the opposite sex, cure baldness, and help you give up smoking. (LINK)

  • Featured Link:Fark's Photoshop Contest: Offensive Muslim Depictions in Sitcoms (left)
  • LED "Throwies": Magnetic clusters of powered LED's make a fun, innovative decoration for Metal Buildings.
  • General Zod on the topic of Valentines Day (via i-mockery)
  • Dissecting Gamera?
  • "Remixing the Magic" Exhibition in LA - Artistic re-interpretations of Disney
  • My Buddy Justin makes a good catch of a Tim Burton Easter Egg
  • Don't Get a Drink at a Tampa McDonalds..."

  • Some amazing aerial photos of Mexico City. The Housing Developments (left) are staggering.
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