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Warner Bros Sued For Pirating Louis Vuitton Trademark 227

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "You have to love a case where Warner Brothers, copyright maximalist extraordinaire, gets sued for 'piracy,' in this case for using a knock-off Louis Vuitton bag in a recent movie. This lawsuit has been described as 'awkward' for Warner; I have to agree with that characterization. Louis Vuitton's 22-page complaint (PDF) alleges that Warner Bros. had knowledge that the bag was a knock-off, but went ahead and used it anyway. Apparently Warner Bros. takes IP rights seriously only when its own IP rights are involved."

Comment Re:The 1% are insulated (Score 1) 1799

The 1% already control everything. Everything that you buy, everything that you watch and everything that you do is controlled completely by this 1% group.

False. You control those things yourself. If you buy/watch/do something the "%1" wants you to, it's because your desires happened to coincide with theirs on that occasion. You can choose to do something different if you want.

One person can make a choice ... this makes no difference anymore these days. These days, it takes a critical mass of at least a billion people in order to put into place real lasting change. If billions of people suddenly stop giving money to every single corporation...there would be instant change.

Comment Re:Completely valid (Score 1) 1799 will see Obama use some of the Occupy issues as talking points. is my believe that you will not see change as a result of it. It would take an awful lot of editing of US Laws and Regulations as well as changes in the attitudes of those in Wall Street and running the US Corporations in order to see real change. Most of all, you would need to see real compassion in the hearts and minds of those running the world. This will not happen anytime soon. Most likely, what we will see is a polarized election debate wherein the 99% are pitted against the 1%. The Republicans are going to continue to say No. The Democrats are going to vilify the very people that they will support post elections. The right wingers on Fox news are going to derp some more. The left wingers are going to mock the derping some more and we will be ... still ... at the mercy of the 1%. It has been this way for more than a thousand years. It will be this way a thousand years from now unless people wise up.

Comment The 1% are insulated (Score 5, Insightful) 1799

Even if you're screaming right outside their door, they're just going to call the cops and crank up the volume on the TV. I don't seriously believe that the Occupy campaign are going to do that much to change what is going on. The 1% already control everything. Everything that you buy, everything that you watch and everything that you do is controlled completely by this 1% group. Just about the only way I can think of to wrest power away from these folks is if the 99% were to stop buying everything for more than 90 days. Once the corporations see their income statements go to zilch then you would see real change.

Comment Re:It's recognizing where video is going. (Score 1) 481

Small problem with that amazing(tm) idea. The MAFIAA(tm) does not want this to happen unless they are compensated(c) every time someone even utters one of the copyrighted or trademarked words that their pyramid-scheme(r) has come up with. In their view(c), the entity formerly known as Netflix(tm) is giving away their content(c) and the MAFIAA(tm) isn't being compensated(c) for this release(r). They want to be compensated(c) every time someone sings(c), views(r) or in any way shape or form performs(tm) their material. Enjoy your freedom ... soon it will no longer be free(c)(tm)(r).

Submission + - New Yeast Strain Doubles Biofuel Production ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A team of researchers has developed a new strain of yeast that could make the production of biofuels two times more efficient by breaking down an elusive sugar chain present in plant stems called xylose. Up until now, two processes have been used to break down all of the sugars contained in plants — one for simple sugars and one for complex sugars. This new yeast has the ability to break down simple and complex sugars at once, making the production of biofuels faster and yielding more end product.

Submission + - IBM Makes A Super Memory Breakthrough 3

adeelarshad82 writes: IBM says they have made a significant leap forward in the viability of "Racetrack memory," a new technology design which has the potential to exponentially increase computing power. This new tech could give devices the ability to store as much as 100 times more information than they do now, which would be accessed at far greater speeds while utilizing "much less" energy than today's designs. In the future, a single portable device might be able to hold as much memory as today's business-class servers and run on a single battery charge for weeks at a time. Racetrack memory works by storing data as magnetic regions (also called domains), which would be transported along nanowire "racetracks." Instead of forcing a computer to seek out the data it needs, as traditional computing systems do, the information would automatically slide along the racetrack to where it could be used.

Submission + - Why Teach Programming with BASIC ( 3

chromatic writes: "To answer the perennial question "How can we teach kids how to program?", we created a web-based programming environment. As we began to write lessons and examples, we surprised ourselves. Modern languages may be powerful and useful for writing real programs, but BASIC and Logo are great languages for demonstrating the joy of programming."

Submission + - Stephen Fry Security Whoopsie Leads to Prank (

An anonymous reader writes: Hoppity-skippety technology commentator of all our hearts Stephen Fry has made a regrettable security blunder. After filming in Oxford at the famous Bodleian Library yesterday, the enthusiastic luvvie was granted a reader's card – a rare privilege, as normally access to the archives is granted only to members of Oxford University (Fry went to Cambridge himself). "I'm now a reader! *faints at the honour and glory of it all* Thanks @BodleianLibs" tweeted the excited thespian. He even went so far as to post a photo of his new library card on his website to prove it. Unfortunately, according to our informants, Fry neglected to change his password from the default setting.

Comment This is the 21st century for Frak's sake (Score 5, Insightful) 762

How many more? How many more uncompleted series, idiotic product placements and other Brainwashing Network TV Executive decisions are we going to face before we finally get away from the middle man? I’m probably going to disconnect my DirecTV box now because there really isn’t anything left to watch on network TV. The networks keep eliminating anything resembling creative content and continue to deprive America of some of the finest writings out there. How much longer do we have to wait before enough of us get together to form an online media company that works? I’ve got a nice monitor / computer setup. For what it costs of DirecTV for one year, I could afford a very nice Computer / Monitor setup. And if I’m patient enough to time-shift my TV, I could do the same for online content. The model would be extraordinarily affordable if folks were to band together. One million regular viewers of a TV series on network TV is laughable. One million regular viewers of online content is a smash hit. Add in some micro currency ($0.99 cents a month / viewer) and for twelve million a year, anyone certainly could put together a creative and production team that works. I don’t know why Network TV folks don’t take content and put it in web only mode if it works better. For example, SGU and Caprica maybe is a better model for the online universe. That is where the audience is anyway. So put ads up on TV saying “Exclusively online”. If viewer-ship rises enough on the web then maybe transition it back to TV. Why the hell does everything need to be TV centric anymore? This is the 21st century for frak’s sake.

Holy See Declares a "Unique Copyright" On the Pope Screenshot-sm 447

An anonymous reader sends in news of what must be some kind of record in overreaching intellectual property claims: the Vatican has declared that the name, image, and any symbols of the Pope are for exclusive use of the Holy See. They may have a point if, as the declaration hints, some have used "ecclesiastical or pontifical symbols and logos to attribute credibility and authority to initiatives" unrelated to the Vatican. But how much room will they allow for fair use? Will high school newspapers have to remove the Papal Coat of Arms from their Vatican news columns? The royalty schedule was not released, so it's not clear how much Slashdot will have to pay to run this story (or if there will be a penalty for the accompanying pagan idol).

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