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Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 357

You are correct it should be explicitly negotiated and agreed upon but you are missing something the yearbook class is entirely about creating a publication "the yearbook" which will later be sold. If the school setup the class properly they would have asked for some kind of terms at the beginning of the class to avoid later disagreements. Since the yearbook is being sold there should be some kind of exclusive grant of publication rights for a specific time period.

We have no idea if the school handled getting consent or setting terms for that class correctly or at all.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 357

That's the point. There are some terms under which the copyright is granted to the school for publication in the yearbook but we don't know what they are. It could be anything from work for hire to a nonexclusive publication rights. You are correct however that it should be in writing and signed by him and his parents.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 357

by pr0fessor (#49747139) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

That is a high level overview of policy that must have exceptions otherwise every kid that snapped a picture or wrote an article that ended up in a yearbook or school newspaper would have a copyright claim. At some point they have to grant use to the school.

Usually the parent would have to sign a consent form for yearbook class it would grant publication rights to the school district to be published in the yearbook and may hold an exclusivity clause for a term probably one year from the initial publication of the yearbook.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 5, Informative) 357

by pr0fessor (#49746885) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

He is a taking a yearbook class, using the schools equipment, and at the end of the year the book will be sold to the students. If the school did it correctly his parents would have signed a consent form giving the school the rights to the work for publication in the yearbook. The question is did they give the school ownership of the copyright like work for hire, exclusive publication rights for a time period, or just nonexclusive rights to publish the work?

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 70

You could probably consider some security auditing and penetration testing to be legal hacking given it takes place on your private network and is looking for existing exploits to patch. I doubt there is enough call for that on a private level and corporations aren't going to farm that out on a site like this and from TFA it isn't what is being bid on.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 2) 70

I'm trying to think of some kind of legal hacking that I would want a pseudo anonymous third party to do for me. When it comes to legal hacking I can't think of much that a private individual would need and an enterprises would do so internally or hire a reputable security company before they would use a pseudo anonymous individual.

Comment: Re:Not easiest to read, but forgiving... (Score 1) 373

by pr0fessor (#49743177) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

You have just described why java has been such a pain in my neck. Otherwise nice looking software that functions until the memory leaks cause it to crash.

As for c# events, delegates, and event handlers in the msdn documentation is a mess it's not surprising it's a issue. I've read a few of the tutorial and I'm not sure the people writing them even understand what they are doing.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 1) 317

by pr0fessor (#49728521) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

Uber wants to provide the same services as a taxi company with none of the overhead or liability, can't say I blame them it's a low risk way to make money. They want to shift the overhead and liability to the driver, when the drivers where getting away with private minimum liability insurance on a car they already owned this worked out.

If Uber want to keep with the low overhead and low liability business model then they should have existing taxi companies registering to use them as a ride booking service. The taxi company takes on the overhead of a fleet of cars, insurance, dealing with local regulations and Uber provides them with a booking app and takes a service fee for booking rides.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 1) 317

by pr0fessor (#49727233) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

Uber isn't a new kind of ride sharing service, they just thought how can we open a taxi business with a minimum of over head... make the driver supply the car, be responsible for the insurance, and upkeep all we will do is book the rides and take a cut. What they are trying to avoid now are regulations that were put in place to protect the public. Not using Uber service doesn't keep their unlicensed and uninsured driver from hitting my legally parked car nor does it help me recoup the damages.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 1) 317

by pr0fessor (#49726917) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

I can call, text, or book a ride with an app using a regular taxi service the car picks me up and drops me off at my destination for a fee. Uber's big idea is the drivers supply their own vehicle and are responsible for their license, insurance, and car's upkeep. Uber supplies an app to book a ride and takes a cut they are still a taxi service they just avoid the overhead of a fleet of cars.

They ran into issues with regulations in Kansas and they are somewhat relaxed compared to other places. The problem is that if they make the driver get actual commercial insurance instead of driving around on a minimum liability private policy {even though it's still a piddly amount of coverage} the price goes up and makes it harder for them to find drivers.

Comment: Re:Chalk? (Score 1) 386

by pr0fessor (#49726347) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

I was thinking the same thing. It's been a while since I've had chalk drawings all over the driveway but I can drive by the park or over to my brother's house and see it. My youngest is a teenager now he is more into cars and motor cycles and my shed has been taken over by his latest interest, small engine projects.

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