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ASCAP Seeks Licensing Fees For Guitar Hero Arcade 146

Self Bias Resistor writes "According to a post on the Arcade-Museum forums, ASCAP is demanding an annual $800 licensing fee from at least one operator of a Guitar Hero Arcade machine, citing ASCAP licensing regulations regarding jukeboxes. An ASCAP representative allegedly told the operator that she viewed the Guitar Hero machine as a jukebox of sorts. The operator told ASCAP to contact Raw Thrills, the company that sells the arcade units. The case is ongoing and GamePolitics is currently seeking clarification of the story from ASCAP."
Television

Submission + - 'Stealth advertising' infiltrating TV news (pressesc.com)

amigoro writes: "Over 90 per cent of newscasts in the US contained stealth advertising. Stealth advertising is showing advertisements outside regular commercial blocks cloaked as news. What's disturbing about this trend of "stealth advertising" is that viewers seldom are aware of potential slants in coverage because the connection of a story to an advertiser rarely is disclosed."
Media

Submission + - So long Mr. Wizard

nbvb writes: "It's a sad day for science. The one and only Mr. Wizard, Don Herbert, passed away today at the age of 89. It's impossible to count the number of children — worldwide — who were mesmerized by his amazing feats of science! To all of us who grew up with Mr. Wizard — let's hoist one high and remember a great man. Thanks Don — it's because of you that countless children were excited about science. May your legacy live on!"
Television

Submission + - "Mr. Wizard" dead at 89

linuxwrangler writes: Don Herbert, television's "Mr. Wizard", died this morning of bone cancer. Over the decades, the Peabody Award winning Mr. Wizard introduced several generations to science using basic household items in his demonstrations and encouraging viewers to duplicate the experiments at home. Herbert died at his home. He was 89 years old.
Music

Submission + - CRB Postpones Internet Royalty Rates Until July 15

Chickan writes: "The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has officially posted its ruling on Internet royalty rates in the Federal Register. However, the organization has pushed back the due date for royalty payments to kick in, from May 15 to July 15. The publication of this information also allows the 30 day period for appeals to officially begin. NPR is slated to file an appeal in this time frame."
Internet Explorer

Submission + - Has IE 7 turned back Firefox?

roscoetoon writes: "http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=networking_and_ internet&articleId=9014958&taxonomyId=16

The spin continues about who's gaining what share of the browser markets. It's all in who's point of view you look at.

Firefox's success in chipping away at Internet Explorer's (IE) majority Web browser market share has slowed since Microsoft Corp. began pushing the new IE7 as an automatic update to Windows users last year, a management consulting firm said yesterday. But a Web metrics company immediately disputed the conclusion, and said that IE 7's introduction has helped — not hurt — Firefox.
They battle on:

Firefox's stall, said Janulaitis, meant that it and other IE rivals won't be able to overtake Microsoft's browser "without some major new innovation or driver."
Poppycock, said Geoff Johnston, an analyst with WebSideStory, Inc. of San Diego, Calif. "I'm surprised at how well Firefox has done since IE7 came out," he said. "It looks like the forced migration of IE7 is helping Firefox."
But it's all in 'How You Count the Beans':

"IE7 has almost 31% of the whole browser market," said Johnston, "but its growth has been almost exclusively at the expense of IE6. IE7 has not slowed the pace of either Firefox or Safari. Microsoft's getting it from both those two fronts."
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Announcements

Submission + - RegisterFly Class Action Lawsuit is Here!

ScrwdByRF writes: "Many people are trapped in Registerfly or have lost their domain names there and have wanted a class action lawsuit to join — after all, who can afford to sue on their own? Well now there is one. A class action lawsuit has recently been filed against RegisterFly, ICANN, and eNom, who have all had a hand in this. You can read all of the official court documents, background, and sign up as a plaintiff and to help make the case however you can at the registerfly-lawsuit.com website. Maybe you can even get your domain names back, which is obviously one of the very top goals.

This is a real, class action lawsuit that has already been filed in a United States Court. You do not have to pay ANYTHING to be a member and, you do not have to be from the United States either. I am the lead plaintiff becuase I could not stand by and let my business be taken away from me by the negligence of these people."

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