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Beware The House ‘Review’ Of U.S. Copyright Law — It’s A Trap

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first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… markhachman Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#copyright A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yesterday, an influential congressman announced plans for a “comprehensive review” of U.S. copyright law, potentially the first such effort in more than 35 years. And that’s got hearts palpitating across Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Capitol Hill.But don’t get too excited about the possibility for reforms that would safeguard an open and innovative Internet just yet. The legislator in question, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, has been carrying water for Hollywood and other Big Copyright interests for years. In other words, this smells like a trap for reformers.(See also: The Internet Assault On TV Is Working)There’s no shortage of things to fix in the U.S. copyright system, which was last overhauled back when networking mostly meant dumb terminals connected to a minicomputer or a mainframe. Yet here’s where Goodlatte is coming from:He supported SOPA, which would have let federal agencies effectively censor alleged copyright infringers from the Internet without due process or much of an appeal;He co-sponsored CISPA, which would allow private business to share your personal information with federal agencies without sufficient privacy protections;He’s generally considered one of the bigger copyright maximalists in the U.S. Congress.So what’s he really up to? Here’s what Goodlatte said in a statement:The Internet has enabled copyright owners to make available their works to consumers around the world, but has also enabled others to do so without any compensation for copyright owners. Efforts to digitize our history so that all have access to it face questions about copyright ownership by those who are hard, if not impossible, to locate. There are concerns about statutory license and damage mechanisms. Federal judges are forced to make decisions using laws that are difficult to apply today. Even the Copyright Office itself faces challenges in meeting the growing needs of its customers – the American public.Compensation for copyright, digitizing published works, licensing, and cutting through the complexity of existing copyright law — these are all ripe subjects for reform. There’s just little reason to think Goodlatte is the right person to craft compromises that offer fair compensation for copyright holders without stifling the development of new digital-media services or crushing individual privacy.Confederacy Of DuncesGenerally speaking, the odds are against innovation-friendly copyright reform in the current Congress. Democrats have, by and large, been captured by Hollywood when it comes to discussion of copyright terms, digital rights and piracy. in their thinking on this issue. Republicans, meanwhile, have occasionally shown glimpses of original thinking on these subjects — often as not, only to recant them as quickly as Hollywood lobbyists could pick up a phone.Last November, for instance, the House Republican Study Committee released a position paper debunking various copyright “myths,” among them the notions that the current system compensates creators, benefits the public, and promotes innovation. It does no such thing, staffer Derek Khanna wrote; instead, the report called out copyright as an institutional monopoly that crushes new markets before they can prove themselves.Within twenty-four hours, the GOP had retracted the report, walking the party’s position back to the same tired arguments that we had all heard before. Not much later, Khanna himself was out of a job. Techdirt, which has followed the issue extensively, has also noted that Register of Copyright Maria Pallante has suggested that enforcement agencies focus on large-scale piracy (a good idea) but that copyright never inhibited innovation (incorrect).Absent a SOPA-style revolt by major Internet companies against the current copyright regime, which favors owners over creators and old media industries over the digital world, the best we can probably hope for is that Goodlatte’s review doesn’t make a bad situation worse.last_img read more

Amarinder for open access to more gurdwaras across border

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first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he would take up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the issue of persuading Pakistan to grant Indian devotees open access to more historic gurdwaras across the border.Expressing his gratitude to Mr. Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for helping realise the Sikh community’s dream of visiting the Kartarpur Gurdwara, Capt. Amarinder hoped this would be followed by more such gurdwaras in Pakistan, such as Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib, being opened to Indian devotees.He said he would personally take up the matter with Mr. Modi and urge him to raise the issue with Mr. Khan.Capt. Amarinder acknowledged the support given by the Union government in making the historic celebrations a success and expressed happiness at the participation of people from different political parties, as a tribute to the first Sikh guru.President present President Ram Nath Kovind, who attended the celebrations, said Guru Nanak Dev tried to free people from caste and creed and ritualism by teaching them lessons of equality, brotherhood, kindness and morality. “True followers of Guru Nanak Dev Ji work for the welfare of all, live in harmony and do their job with diligence and honesty,” he said. Mr. Kovind paid obeisance at Gurdwara Ber Sahib and then went to the stage set up by the Punjab government for the celebrations. Later, he went to the other stage (pandal) set up by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.Two stagesHowever, the setting up of separate stages for the celebrations didn’t go down well with the pilgrims, many of whom felt that the Guru’s message of ‘oneness’ was unheeded by political parties.Forty-five-year old Baljinder Singh from Patiala, who had come to the holy town for the first time, said that he was peeved at the two stages. “They [SGPC and the State government] should have joined hands and set up only one stage. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s idea and message of ‘oneness’ has been disregarded by them,” he said.“I’ll pay obeisance at the gurdwara and return. I’ll not go any of these stages,” he added.A group of youngsters from Jalalabad in Fazilka expressed similar sentiments. “How will they [political parties] preach the message of the Guru, when they seem to be involved in their advertising through there stages and events?” said 32-year-old Daljeet Singh.Seventy-five-year-old Darshan Singh from Amritsar said: “Such division is not good for humanity. The message of unification and integration should have been sent, instead an opposite message has been conveyed.”Guru Nanak Dev had spent 14 years of his early life in Sultanpur Lodhi.last_img read more

Rep Bellino announces local office hours

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first_img State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Monday, Jan. 22 to meet with residents of Monroe and Wayne counties.“I appreciate all of the feedback from our community throughout my first year in office,” Rep. Bellino said. “Listening to your ideas and having these conversations helps me effectively represent the people in our community. I look forward to continuing them in 2018.”Rep. Bellino will meet with residents at the following times and locations:8 to 9 a.m. at Senor Cactus, 128 E. Front St. in Monroe;9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Biggby, 26614 Telegraph Road in Flat Rock; and11 a.m. to noon at Sumpter Township Senior Center, 23501 Sumpter Road in Sumpter Township.Appointments are not necessary during office hours. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Rep. Bellino’s office at (517) 373-1530, email JosephBellino@house.mi.gov or visit www.RepBellino.com. Categories: Bellino News 11Jan Rep. Bellino announces local office hourslast_img read more

TV technology provider Access is using the CES sho

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first_imgTV technology provider Access is using the CES show in Las Vegas to unveil a new social video platform, ACCESSMyTV.The platform provides for the creation of personalised web video channels that can be shared with friends and family via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The resulting consumer engagement will in turn enable ACCESSMyTV to support targeted advertising, according to Access.“The platform is the simplest and most powerful route to launching a multi-screen OTT service, giving CE device manufacturers, broadcasters and operators the opportunity to embrace the social TV revolution and create new recurring revenues,” said Neale Foster, vice-president of global sales IA, ACCESS. “ACCESSMyTV makes life easy for operators, allowing them to launch a social TV service with an abundance of content from the word go. The platform operator can further serve the needs of the ever-hungry consumer by providing them with access to free web video, premium content, games and apps.”last_img read more

Polish pay TV operator nc is to launch a new pre

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first_imgPolish pay TV operator nc+ is to launch a new pre-paid service on October 1, offering over 50 channels, including 19 in HD, from PLN19.90 (€4.75) a month.The operator is providing new users with free access to 130 channels, including premium Canal+ channels, for the first month, after which they can choose to subscribe or take the stripped down pre-paid offering.The nc+ telewizja na kartę offering provides a range of channels via the ITI 5800SX HD DVR decoder for upwards of PLN19.90 a month, with a one-off top up offered after three months.Piotr Malicki, sales director for pre-paid products and services, said that the new offers was “an excellent option for those who do not want to be tied to long-term contracts” and offered an extensive range of HD services including Ale kino+ HD, Planete+ HD, Eurosport HD and Eurosport2 HD, TVP Sport HD, TVN24 HD and Romance TV HD.last_img read more

The ZipR from ZapperBox TV technology providers Z

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first_imgThe Zip-R from ZapperBoxTV technology providers ZapperBox and Access and connected home chipset specialist Entropic have teamed up to launch a new HDMI dongle device aimed at enabling cable operators to deliver IP video around the home.ZapperBox’s dongle, the Zip-R, can run the full RDK stack with HTML5 and the DLNA’s CVP-2 guidelines, also known as VidiPath, the DLNA’s remote user interface guidelines that are designed to allow consumers to securely stream content from their service provider set-top box to other devices in the home.The Zip-R is designed to enable cable providers to transition to in-home IP video distribution. The devices comes with a proprietary eight-pin connector that ZapperBox says can deliver a range of optional connectivity direct from the power adapter, including MoCA, Ethernet and Powerline.The Zip-R is based on the EN7589 chipset from Entropic and incorporates Access’s NetFront Living Connect 3.1 technology. Access announced at CES this week that its Chromium Blink-based NetFront BE browser now supports DLNA VidiPath.“The transition to open standards such as DLNA is shifting software development away from traditional set-top box makers, creating a new ecosystem driven by innovation. This solution, which combines Access’s DLNA and Browser expertise, Entropic’s EN7589 dual-core ARM-based System on Chip, and our industry-leading HDMI stick form factor, is a prime example of that ecosystem in practice,” said Mark Samuel, CEO of ZapperBox.“Our partnerships with ZapperBox and Entropic demonstrate ACCESS’ ongoing commitment to innovative, cost-effective solutions for the cable industry. The integration of NetFront Living Connect 3.1 with the DLNA VidiPath on the innovative ZapperBox Zip-R stick, based on Entropic’s EN7589 SoC, showcases how operators can merge technology, security, and simplicity to meet consumer demand for universal content across all devices,” said Neale Foster, COO and VP global sales, TV, Access Europe.last_img read more

Mediaset is still open to a deal with Vivendi that

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first_imgMediaset is still open to a deal with Vivendi that “creates value”, but no proposal is currently on the table, according to Pier Silvio Berlusconi.Speaking to Italian journalists in London, where Mediaset presented its investment strategy up to 2020 this week, Berlusconi said that the Italian media group had “not received any proposal” and added that the aborted April 2016 agreement between the pair that would have seen Vivendi take 100% control of pay TV platform Mediaset Premium had been “the best possible” deal.However, he said, if Vivendi showed willingness to strike a fresh agreement that “creates value and growth for Mediaset” and that “makes industrial sense”, he would be open to that, even if he was skeptical about the prospects of achieving such a deal.Berlusconi said he had met with Vivendi CEO Arnaud du Puyfontaine but that the latter had made only a “vague” reference to a possible deal, in this case involving Telecom Italia.However, the Mediaset chief made it clear that he is not interested in Mediaset taking a stake in Telecom Italia, in which Vivendi is the leading shareholder, as part of an overall deal, something around which there had been speculation earlier this week.He said that in terms of convergence between media and telecoms, it was more common for telcos to acquire media assets than vice versa.Berlusconi said that Mediaset could, on the other hand, be interested in a deal that would involve it supplying premium content to Telecom Italia to enable the latter to package content with broadband subscriptions.Mediaset used its investor presentation on Wednesday to unveil and rethinking of its pay TV strategy with a new focus on making its pay TV channels and content available to other operators and opening up its domestic digital-terrestrial pay TV platform to third-party content players, a strategy for which Telecom Italia would be an ideal candidate.There has been considerable speculation in recent weeks that Vivendi and Mediaset could strike some sort of deal after Vivendi took control of close to 30% of the Italian broadcaster’s shares in a series of unsolicited moves.Berlusconi told the Italian journalists gathered in London that the addition of Vivendi representatives to Mediaset’s board – something to which the French media giant now has a right as a major shareholder – was “not a problem” as long as the board continued to work in the interests of Mediaset.last_img read more

Its been pretty busy since finishing my Alevels

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first_img“It’s been pretty busy since finishing my A-levels in June as I went straight to Milan just a week after finishing them,” she revealed.“I spent a month in Milan and have definitely gained more confidence and independence while being there. Now I’m looking forward to participating in this year’s Fashion Fest as a professional model.“It was fantastic getting the opportunity to go abroad and meet new people from the modelling and fashion world. When going to a casting for Giorgio Armani it was amazing to actually be in the headquarters.”Oonagh maintains that the competition has given her access to a new talent pool with more opportunities for younger models rising through the ranks.“Milan holds many exciting opportunities for new faces like myself. Getting to live in Milan for a month is an opportunity that not every eighteen-year-old gets to experience.“Winning the Face of Fashion Fest also introduced me to Major through the Style Academy, which is amazing. I would really push for young models to go for the Fashion Fest title as you never know what opportunities can await.”This year’s Face of Fashion Fest winner will have the opportunity to follow in Oonagh’s footsteps with the help of the team at Style Academy. The winner will also have the chance to feature at this year’s Fashion Fest runway show on October 13th.The competition is open to anyone, male or female, from the Derry and Strabane Council area between the ages of 14 and 23. The competition closes on September 15th and applicants will be profiled on social media as part of the event campaign.As well as the contract with Style Academy, the winners will also receive a full set of Rosemary Wright Makeup and brushes, enjoy a year’s free Haircare from Atchison Hair, a Coast & Co range ‘Velvet & Oud’ Gift Set being launched by Bella Mia in September, and a piece of sterling silver jewellery from the Zohara or Darcey Jewellery collections. Candidates should simply complete the application form which is available online at http://www.derrystrabane.com/faceoffashionfest and return with two clear images to info@styleacademy.comShortlisted applicants will be invited to casting call in front of a live judging panel on Monday 17th September.The winner will be announced by September 30, 2018.Could you be the fresh new Face of Fashion Fest? was last modified: August 20th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: The successful candidate will walk away with a year’s modelling contract and representation with Northern Ireland’s leading modelling agency Style Academy.Last year’s winner Oonagh Canning has enjoyed a hectic year since she shone on the catwalk at Fashion Fest 2017. The St Cecilia’s pupil, whose captivating looks caught the attention of the judges in the inaugural Face of Fashion Fest competition, has since been travelling Europe gaining experience on the runways of some of the Fashion industry’s most exciting events.After fronting last year’s campaign, the talented 18-year-old said she gained the confidence to take her career to the next level. Could you be the fresh new Face of Fashion Fest?Derry and Strabane CouncilFashion Fest 2018GuildhallMayor John BoyleOonagh Canning Mayor John Boyle launched Fashion Fest 2018THE North West’s most exciting celebration of couture – Fashion Fest – is back this autumn and a search was launched today for a fresh new face to front the programme’s campaign.The Face of Fashion Fest competition offers young modelling hopefuls the chance to make their first foray into the world of fashion with the help of some leading industry specialists. ShareTweetlast_img read more