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Submission + - The author of SOPA is a copyright violator (

TheNextCorner writes: "Lamar Smith is the author of the SOPA bill, a US congress member and supposedly an expert on copyright. The author of this article checked the website of Smith, and found some interesting facts!

I contacted DJ, to find out if Lamar had asked permission to use the image and he told me that he had no record of Lamar, or anyone from his organization, requesting permission to use it: "I switched my images from traditional copyright protection to be protected under the Creative Commons license a few years ago, which simply states that they can use my images as long as they attribute the image to me and do not use it for commercial purposes."


Submission + - Group hopes to rename street after Douglas Adams.

interstellar_donkey writes: "After the recent brouhaha over the renaming of 4th Ave after César Chávez, a Portland group is pushing to rename a local street after the late writer Douglas Adams. The street? Why, 42nd Ave, of course. According to their website, the renaming will reflect Portlanders' commitment to the arts, respect for the environment, desire to provide technological access to all, their passion to further education to all people, and most importantly remind Portlanders DON'T PANIC. This appears to be a serious movement, with preliminary paperwork already in the works."

Submission + - RIAA backtracks after embarrassing P2P defendant (

Harmony writes: When the RIAA sued Sgt. Nicholas Paternoster, it included a screenshot of a shared folder with over 4,600 files — some of which were pornographic images unrelated to the case. Last week, the RIAA got permission from a judge to, as a 'professional courtesy,' swap out the original exhibit for one with only the 350+ songs the defendant is accused of sharing on Kazaa. The RIAA's carelessness may come back to haunt it, however: 'After the suit was filed — and the exhibit made public — Sgt. Paternoster decided to fight back, filing a counterclaim accusing the RIAA of violating his privacy and seeking to "shame Counter-Plaintiff... into giving in to their unreasonable demands regarding their copyrighted materials."'
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Submission + - Lionhead Video Diary Episode Two (

An anonymous reader writes: Lionhead Celebrates Their 10th Anniversary and Releases New Episode in the Studio's Video Series Get up close and personal with team at Lionhead, currently celebrating the studio's 10th Anniversary and working on Fable 2 for Xbox 360. Episode Two highlights the innovative one-button combat system that gamers will experience in the sequel, listen to the Lionhead team tell comical anecdotes about their real-life combat encounters and meet an eclectic sword master whom the studio hired to demonstrate how "real sword fighting is done." Strangely enough, several members of the Lionhead team own life-size metal weapons, which allowed for daily parking lot meetings and additional comedic relief. To round out their focus on combat, fellow UK developer's Lionhead and Rare played an intense, yet good-natured game of football (soccer), where there was no shortage of fun and/or combat. Out on the marketplace and

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we would all be millionaires. -- Abigail Van Buren