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+ - "Viacom hit me for infringing my own copyright-> 2

Submitted by
Chris Knight
Chris Knight writes "Long story short: I ran for school board where I live this past fall and created some TV commercials including this one with a "Star Wars" theme. A few months ago VH1 grabbed the commercial from YouTube and featured it in a segment of its show "Web Junk 2.0". Neither VH1 or its parent company Viacom told me they were doing this or asked my permission to use it, but I didn't mind it if they did. It was great to see the commercial was being enjoyed by a far wider audience than I'd expected. I was honored that they chose to use it and thought that Aries Spears's commentary about it was pretty hilarious, so I posted a clip of VH1's segment on YouTube so that I could put it on my blog. This morning I got an e-mail from YouTube saying that the video has been pulled because Viacom is claiming that I'm violating its copyright. Viacom used my video without permission on their commercial television show, and now says that I am infringing on THEIR copyright for showing the clip of the work that Viacom made in violation of my own copyright! Talk about chutzpah! Needless to say, I would like to fight this: not for any kind of monetary compensation, but just for the right to employ my own self-created material per Fair Use."
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+ - Junk Faxes

Submitted by olddoc
olddoc (152678) writes "I am having a growing problem with junk faxes. Unlike email, it costs me money when I get a fax so junk faxes really tick me off. A while ago, I gave my number to a removal number and now I am getting more junk faxes than ever! Does anyone know how to make them pay? What devious methods can I use to get even? Can I sign up for a phone number that will drive up their costs when I call the toll free removal number? What have other readers done?"
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+ - Yahoo! to Canada: No more french for you!

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Marc Light
Marc Light writes "Canada is an official bilingual country, English and French are the two languages. http://fr.yahoo.ca/ was the French Canadian version of Yahoo! This morning I typed the URL to find out that it forwards me to Yahoo! Quebec. No more French Canadian version of Yahoo! Quebec is the only officially French province but New-Brunswick is officially bilingual and there's French communities everywhere in Canada. Did any other community got wiped out?"

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