An increasing number of US schools are using time limits to battle the latest threat to our children, the epidemic of teenage hugging. Gabrielle Brown, a freshman at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, says that this perilous form of physical intimacy, which involves closing or holding the arms around another person or group of persons, has become so popular that students easily slip into its dark embrace. Brown says, "If somebody were to not hug someone, to never hug anybody, people might be just a little wary of them and think they are weird or peculiar." Noreen Hajinlian, principal of George G. White School adds, "Touching and physical contact is very dangerous territory." For her sake, I hope Noreen will be spared the horror of learning what usually happens on prom night.
bbc writes "The Wiki Loves Art photo contest (Dutch) that takes place in the Netherlands for all of the month June has managed to convince over 35 museums to participate. Amateur photographers will be allowed into museums where for once the regular no-photo rules don't apply, so that people can take pictures of public domain objects that can be used to illustrate Wikipedia articles. A similar contest held in the USA and the UK earlier this year produced over 8,000 CC-licensed photos. Among the Dutch museums to participate are the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), the Van Gogh museum (Amsterdam) and the ING Art Collection. The museums may have local rules on top of the competition rules, so please check with the museums before you back up that truck with all the high grade lighting equipment onto their parking lots."
bbc writes "You've heard of patent trolls, companies that solely exist to exploit patent portfolios? A new type of "troll" has emerged: Cozzmoss is a Dutch company that buys up copyrights to works in order to claim hundreds of euros in "damages" from those that duplicate these works without permission. In the past weeks two non-commercial entities, a blogger and a foundation, have come out with their stories. The latter party had actually gained permission from the newspaper whose works they were redistributing, but in the case of the infringing article the paper had omitted to warn them that they did not hold the copyright. These cases are remarkable because in both instances the alleged infringers clearly lacked the financial ability to go to court, and the "damages" were small enough that settling would prove cheaper. This sort of trolling could be a gold mine for the unscrupulous, because it exploits the gap between what's legal and what's decent. Decent would have been to ask to take down the article first, because as the second example indicates, the infringer could have acted in good faith."
Jaymus of Snell writes "According to the Bank of Canada $1CDN is presently worth $1.0704USD (closing of Nov 2nd). On the Canadian version of Apple's website, Macbooks are listed at start at $1249.00 while on the US site they start at $1099. So IF the exchange rate was 1:1 then Canadians would still be charged an extra $150, though when you factor in the current rates, it's even more offensive. The base Macbook Pro costs ~$200 more and Mac Pros are ~$300 more for Canadians."
bbc writes "Project Gutenberg has volunteered to host all it legally can of the IMSLP's catalog. The Canadian provider of free public domain music recently caved to legal threats from an Austrian sheet music seller. On the Book People mailing list Project Gutenberg's founder Michael Hart wrote: "Project Gutenberg has volunteered to keep as much of the IMSL Project online as is legally possible, including a few of the items that were demanded to be withdrawn, as well as, when legal, to provide a backup of the entire site, for when the legalities have finally been worked out.""
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