To be fair, anyone that wants to be a politician should probably be banned from voting (among other things)
Who knows, but at least the prosecutor did the right thing and dropped the charges instead of dragging it on and on and on (and so forth).
Please tell me why you think you need a passport to leave the USA ??
A passport is simply a note from the US state department documenting that you are a USA citizen. Some countries may require you to have one to enter it ( the other country ) But you sure do not need one to LEAVE the usa
Actually, I've had my passport checked by ICE as I was leaving the US by car. The Sweetwater border crossing in MT requires you to have your passport checked by ICE before you get to the Canadian border. They pulled the car in front of my off to the side and searched it.
And yes, I have see this multiple times at that crossing.
*ICE = Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
There is no good reason the CBC cannot approach the copyright holders of Creative Commons works the same way they approach the copyright holders of commercial works. In fact the CBC is much more likely to obtain permission without having to spend money in the case of CC-licensed works. There's no good reason why they would have to completely avoid this option.
There's no good reason but there is a reason. There is a lot of money and political clout behind the monied copyright interests. This maneuver benefits them, satisfying "que bono?". The question is whether you think that's a complete and total coincidence caused by a completely free, unprompted, un-coerced, un-pressured decision on the part of CBC. Anyone who wants to believe that so badly that they'll dismiss all other notions as "conspiracy theory, get a perspective" is either naive or deluded.
I've got another reason for you. Time and money. Consider this.
Negotiation for license rights = 50/hr (numbers pulled out of my ass. This includes the negotiations, contract signing, accounting to cut any cheque for payment, time for the legal dept to review the contract, etc)
So, to license from a library of works = 4 hours of work.
To license from 750 different license holders = 3000 hours of work.
Hmm....$200 in labour for a blanket license, or $150,000 to license 3 songs / podcast (5 shows a week + 2 weeks vacation/reruns in a year. Add in the costs of researching and maintaining records of each license agreement....). As long as the cost of the exclusive library license is less then the cost of negotiating all those individual license agreements, CBC will go exclusive.
Could they go and use CC music? Yeah, no reason not too other then the cost.
Maybe they just didn't have distribution rights for that models images outside of North America? Always possible that is what happened, and it didn't get caught until late enough that it was cheaper to photoshop then reshoot.
I know, I know, how dare I give them benefit of the doubt.
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