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Submission + - Warner sued for massive copyfraud (

Maximum Prophet writes: Warner/Chappell Music makes millions of dollars per year licensing the song "Happy Birthday to You", although it's obviously out of copyright. Now "Good Morning to You Productions", a documentary film company is suing to get them to return the millions of ill gotten gains. Good luck. All Warner has to do to keep their monopoly is to get Congress to extend copyright on music so they own HBTY in perpetuity.

Submission + - Aereo TV rebroadcast is still legal. (

Maximum Prophet writes: While Redigi is illegal, Aereo isn't. “We conclude that Aereo’s transmissions of unique copies of broadcast television programs created at its users’ requests and transmitted while the programs are still airing on broadcast television are not ‘public performances’ of the plaintiffs’ copyrighted works..."
Of course both decisions are going to be appealed.


Submission + - Why Autonomous Cars Won't Catch On (

Maximum Prophet writes: Only rich people will be able to pay for a completely automous car. Auto-autos will only go the speed limit. Rich people don't like to go slow. Ergo, there won't be any market for automatic cars.
Wait, I hear you say. The rich guy will just modify his car to go faster. But, if you go over the limit it's a fine, but to mess with the safety systems of even your own vehicle is probably a felony. Much more likey: The rich will get new laws passed to make it legal for automatic cars to go much, much faster than human driven vehicles.

Submission + - Space Aliens shot Kennedy (

Maximum Prophet writes: "Earlier this year, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) asked, on its online Open Government Forum, for suggestions from the public about what it could do to create greater transparency. The #1 most popular idea? Get those Kennedy records out ...

But instead of dealing honestly with this matter, the feds have resorted to disinformation. In an interview with the Boston Globe, the Archivist of the United States claimed that at two public forums held on open records, the most public comments came from people interested either in the JFK assassination or in UFOs."

The thing is, there was very little interest in UFOs. So, where did that come from? It must be the original documents. If the archivist of the US conflates interest in the Kennedy assassination with interest in UFOs, there must be a reason.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Fox experment in peril (

Maximum Prophet writes: In 1957, Russian geneticist Dmitry K. Belyaev tried to domesticate foxes in one human lifetime. (He also produced violently, anti-domestic foxes).
The foxes would be considered fully domesticated only when they obeyed human commands as dogs do. That part of the experiment is still unfinished. Now the project is running out of money.
Kickstarter to the rescue? Would you want a domesticated fox?

Submission + - Doctors "cheating" on board certifications (

Maximum Prophet writes: After taking board exams, doctors have been routinely getting together to remember and reproduce as much of the exam as they can. These notes are then bound and reproduced. According to the American Board of Dermatology the exams are protected by copyright laws, and any reproduction, not approved by the board, is illegal. While I have no doubt that the Board believes this, and pays lawyers to believe it as well, I don't think they understand copyright. Perhaps they should invest in better testing methods.

Submission + - Termination rights of 35 year old recordings (

Maximum Prophet writes: "When copyright law was revised in the mid-1970s, musicians, like creators of other works of art, were granted “termination rights,” which allow them to regain control of their work after 35 years, so long as they apply at least two years in advance. Recordings from 1978 are the first to fall under the purview of the law..."
Since the recording companies are just looking out for their artists, there won't be much of a problem here.

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