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Yoko Ono/EMI Suit Exposes Fair Use Flaw 409

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-hope-someday-you'll-sue-us dept.
Ian Lamont writes "Yoko Ono and EMI Records have backed down from their suit against the makers of a documentary film who used a 15-second fragment of a John Lennon song — but only after a Stanford Law School group got involved. Even though the use of the clip was clearly Fair Use, the case exposed a huge problem with the doctrine: It's becoming too expensive for people to actually take advantage of what is supposed to be a guaranteed right. Ironically, the song in question was Imagine."

Comment: Re:Google doesn't, but it's possible (Score 1) 180

by aaronwormus (#18314359) Attached to: Googlebot and Document.Write
If google were to index javascript, they would probably create their own interpreter which only interpreted content that was meaningful to a search engine.

If googlebot had to interpret every fade-in menu and every roll-over effect it would take substantially more resources for google to crawl the web. Googlebot would also be vulnerable to malicious scripts - or scripts built to waste its time.

+ - BBC strikes Google-YouTube deal

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twofish writes: "Google's YouTube video site will soon be showing content from the BBC in a deal announced today. Content will include adverts, clips from popular programs and news items. The deal is likely to be controversial, particularly since the BBC is paid for by a compulsory tax system (the license fee) rather than through advertising or subscription"
Operating Systems

+ - Vista Brute Force Keygen

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Miasik.Net writes: "It seems that there's a script on the loose which can generate valid Vista keys. It does it but a brute force approach so the generation can takes days sometimes, but it is reported to work. More trouble for Microsoft because this keygen is capable of generating valid keys for Vista copies already in circulation which haven't been yet activated causing their legitimate users some troubles with WGA."

+ - Conservapedia- 'answer' to Wikipedia?

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harmonk writes: "Wikipedia has a new foe: evangelical Christians. A website founded by US religious activists aims to counter what they claim is "liberal bias" on Wikipedia, the open encyclopedia which has become one of the most popular sites on the web. The founders of say their site offers a "much-needed alternative" to Wikipedia, which they say is "increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American". This was in the Guardian...."

Spacecraft Crashes Into Satellite 343

Posted by samzenpus
from the coming-or-going dept.
Juha-Matti Laurio writes "A robotic NASA spacecraft designed to rendezvous with an orbiting satellite instead crashed into its target. Unbeknownst to engineers at the time, DART's main sensor mistakenly believed it was flying away from the satellite when it was actually moving 5 feet per second toward it, investigators found."

The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -- Robert Heinlein