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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 14, 2014 Founder Of One Laptop Per Child: Maybe Net Neutrality Isn’t Such A Good Idea After All
QUOTE: What we need, then, is some kind of middle ground, Negroponte suggests — but he also doesn’t quite suggest where that might be. Instead, he likens available bandwidth to a limited natural physical resource. If it’s immoral to use up all of the air, or water, or oil on frivolous things, is it perhaps also immoral to use up the internet?
Consumerist Mar 08, 2012 Online, a Distant Conflict Soars to Topic No. 1
QUOTE: in a testament to the explosive power of social media, he managed to do so in a matter of days, baffling diplomats, academics and Ugandans who have worked assiduously on the issue for decades without anything close to the blitz of attention that Mr. Russell and his tight-knit group of activists have generated....many viewers had never heard of Mr. Kony or his murderous band of fighters until seeing the video by Mr. Russell’s group, Invisible Children, pop up in their Facebook feeds.
New York Times Dec 28, 2010 Injustice, British and Otherwise (MOVIE REVIEW | 'ANOTHER YEAR')
QUOTE: Here in America, after all, the pursuit of happiness has the status of a foundational right, coincident, but not quite identical, with material prosperity. In Britain, where dourness can seem to be as much a part of the stereotypical national character as bad food, foul weather and precise distinctions of status, the assertion of a right to be happy can seem almost revolutionary.
New York Times Jun 02, 2010 The RIAA? Amateurs. Here's how you sue 14,000+ P2P users
QUOTE: why have P2P lawsuits against individuals spiked dramatically in 2010? It's all thanks to the US Copyright Group, a set of lawyers who have turned P2P prosecution into revenue generation in order to "SAVE CINEMA."
Ars Technica Apr 08, 2010 Copyright and wrong: Why the rules on copyright need to return to their roots
QUOTE: The notion that lengthening copyright increases creativity is questionable, however. Authors and artists do not generally consult the statute books before deciding whether or not to pick up pen or paintbrush.
Economist Aug 26, 2009 Paying the Price for Hollywood Remakes: Bollywood Facing Copyright Lawsuits
QUOTE: American moviemakers have begun suing their counterparts in India, a sure sign that this country's booming, $2.2 billion-a-year film industry has arrived as a global player.
Washington Post Jul 20, 2009 In New Mexico, moviemaking isn't always magical: Film incentives draw Hollywood to small towns like Las Vegas, where not all the residents are star struck.
QUOTE: As more and more movie production leaves California, sensible small towns across the country are getting a taste of Hollywood glitz -- and it isn't always sweet.
Los Angeles Times Oct 15, 2008 McCain seeks special 'fair use' copyright rules for VIPs
QUOTE: McCain is calling for VIP treatment for the remixes made by political campaigns. All claims of fair use are equal--yet some claims are more equal than others.
CNET Oct 01, 2008 Rob Glaser's RealDVD: Friend or Foe of Fair Use?
QUOTE: The war between RealNetworks and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) could be more important than you think.
PC Magazine Sep 11, 2008 New tool creates fake YouTube pages for spreading malware
QUOTE: Panda Security said it has uncovered a tool circulating in underground hacking forums, dubbed YTFakeCreator, that enables anyone to easily create a fake YouTube page that surreptitiously installs a Trojan, virus, or adware on a visitor's computer, said Ryan Sherstobitoff, chief corporate evangelist of Panda Security.
CNET Jul 17, 2008 Polanski Asks Prosecutor to Review Film’s Claims
QUOTE: Mr. Polanski, the director of “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown,” fled the United States 30 years ago on the eve of being sentenced for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl. Now, Mr. Polanski and his lawyer have asked the Los Angeles district attorney’s office to review a new documentary in which a former deputy district attorney claims to have coached the judge in the case.
New York Times Jan 29, 2008 Can a Sandwich Be Slandered?
QUOTE: The dispute over an ad is fairly standard...but the [Quiznos] video contest [the rules of which made it clear that the videos should depict Quiznos sandwiches as “superior” to Subway’s] raises a novel legal question: Quiznos did not make the insulting submissions, so should it be held liable for user-generated content created at its behest?
New York Times Jan 09, 2008 Hey, Isn't That . . . People Are Doing Double-Takes, And Taking Action, As Web Snapshots Are Nabbed for Commercial Uses
QUOTE: Under the banner of "intellectual property," record labels warn you not to bootleg their songs. Hollywood studios warn you not to download their movies. Intellectual property has lately seemed the concern of corporations trying to protect the artist from the grabby public. But in an increasingly user-generated world where the public is the artist, sometimes it's the big boys who get grabby.
Washington Post Dec 02, 2007 Film on Mexico’s Disputed ’06 Election Stirs Emotions
QUOTE: The new film, “Fraud, Mexico 2006,” lays out in detail the arguments of leftists who say the combination of a smear campaign and fraud at polling places swung the election to President Calderón. Mr. Mandoki got financial backing for the movie from Federico Arreola, a journalist, entrepreneur and close campaign adviser to Mr. López Obrador.
New York Times Oct 20, 2007 Strict Visa Regulations Discourage Visiting Artists: Post-9/11 Process Adds Costs and Red Tape
QUOTE: To perform in this country, foreign artists of all stripes -- punk rockers, ballet dancers, folk musicians, acrobats -- are funneled through a one-size-fits-all "nonimmigrant" visa process whose costs and complications have become prohibitive, according to booking agents, managers and presenters, such as the Kennedy Center, who program and market the performers.
Washington Post Oct 14, 2007 A Violent Police Unit, on Film and in Rio’s Streets
QUOTE: The movie, which opened nationwide on Friday but last week in Rio and São Paulo, has offered a rare look into the battalion, which is depicted as killing and torturing, seemingly at will. It is causing many Brazilians to reflect on what level of violence is acceptable from the police, especially in Rio, a city with a homicide rate more than six times higher than New York City’s.
New York Times May 20, 2007 Indians Divided on Kissing A Cultural Taboo Goodbye: Debate Over Displays of Affection Mirrors Broader Differences
QUOTE: "Moral police," sometimes organized by regional Hindu nationalist parties and sometimes just vigilantes with a point of view, have been increasingly on the prowl recently. Last month, Hindu extremist mobs attacked Star TV offices in Mumbai, the cultural capital of the country, for airing a story on an interfaith couple who had eloped.
Washington Post May 11, 2007 Puffing Away That PG Rating
QUOTE: Under the new policy, a film’s rating will consider all tobacco use, rather than just teenage smoking, as in the past. But the board stopped short of guaranteeing that tobacco use would be considered as heavily as sex, violence or drug use in assigning a rating.
New York Times Feb 20, 2007 Teen 'sport killings' of homeless on the rise
QUOTE: Criminologists call these wilding sprees "sport killing," -- largely middle-class teens, with no criminal records, assaulting the homeless with bats, golf clubs, paintball guns.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 06, 2007 When YouTube Starts Paying You, Don't Quit Your Day Job
QUOTE: While analysts agree that paid content may eventually be a workable model, it isn't likely that anyone will be getting rich off of it anytime soon.
PC Magazine Sep 15, 2006 The Why Behind G, PG, R and the Rest
QUOTE: power gives the MPAA extraordinary sway over how films will be distributed and advertised, how much money they can make and, ultimately, their impact on the culture. It is, argues filmmaker Kirby Dick, a de facto power of censorship.
Washington Post Jul 31, 2006 Facts Refute Filmmaker's Assertions on Income Tax in 'America'
QUOTE: The film’s appeal...is not left or right, but concentrated among those who see the United States evolving into a police state ruled by an oligarchy that has tricked Americans into paying taxes...Early in the film Mr. Russo...asserts that every president since Woodrow Wilson and every member of Congress has perpetrated a hoax to tax people’s wages and issue them dubious currency.
New York Times Jun 23, 2006 On TV, There's a Killer Corporate Image Problem
QUOTE: On the heels of last month's conviction of top Enron Corp. executives comes this nugget from the Media Research Center, a conservative television watchdog group that examines programming to determine how certain groups are portrayed. In this study, the group claims that Hollywood unfairly and overwhelmingly casts businessmen and women as "criminal CEOs and murdering MBAs."
Washington Post Jun 21, 2006 Studio Sues Over Internet Film Based On Stone's Script
QUOTE: Chris Moukarbel was intrigued by director Oliver Stone's latest project, a $60 million movie to be released this summer about two police officers rescued from the rubble of the twin towers... He decided to create his own version -- using a bootleg copy of the screenplay...
Washington Post May 26, 2006 If Michael Moore Helped Tip an Election, He'd Be Nanni Moretti
QUOTE: If you ask me why nobody ever made a movie about [Silvio Berlusconi], I have reasons for that. The first one is that the Italian reality is so amazing it is hard for the imagination to follow it. A second reason is if you want to make a movie, the funding comes from television, and in Italy it's either RAI or Berlusconi's channels, so they might not be interested in such a movie. And finally, I don't like to talk about censorship, but I think many directors or actors censor themselves.
Washington Post May 17, 2006 Discredited Somali Quits Dutch Politics: Advocate for Women Is Critic of Islam
QUOTE: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman who moved to the Netherlands, won a seat in the Dutch parliament and became one of Europe's best-known champions of immigrant and Muslim women's rights, said Tuesday she would give up her seat and leave the country because she is being stripped of citizenship for lying on an asylum application 14 years ago.
Washington Post May 17, 2006 MPAA Rates Poster an F: Documentary Ad's Image of Guantanamo Prisoner Abuse Deemed Inappropriate
QUOTE: The Motion Picture Association of America has censored a poster advertising a film about the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba..."The reason given was that the burlap bag over the guy's head was depicting torture, which wasn't appropriate for children to see,"
Washington Post Apr 18, 2006 End Smithsonian-Showtime Deal, Filmmakers and Historians Ask
QUOTE: More than 200 filmmakers and historians asked the Smithsonian Institution yesterday to abandon its production deal with Showtime Networks and reconsider a recently imposed policy that limits access to Smithsonian archives and experts.
Washington Post Feb 10, 2006 Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Ex-Gay Cowboys
QUOTE: Sometimes I wonder if evangelicals really believe that gay men can go straight. If they don't think Chad Allen can play straight convincingly for 108 minutes, do they honestly imagine that gay men who aren't actors can play straight for a lifetime?...If anything, supporters of traditional marriage should want gay men out of the heterosexual marriage market entirely.
New York Times Sep 23, 2005 Film Maker Targets Power With Pointed Lens
QUOTE: '"Ordinary President" was made in 1996, two years after Lukashenko was elected president....In the years since "Ordinary President" was made, most of Chascavacki's dark fears about Lukashenko's real intentions have come true.'
Washington Post Mar 29, 2005 Documentary Criticized for Re-enacted Scenes
QUOTE: ... some documentary filmmakers are questioning the ethics of Bobby Houston and Robert Hudson's unflagged use of a technique [they] call "faux doc" ...
New York Times Feb 16, 2005 Are Bullies After Our Culture?
QUOTE: Should the Girl Scouts have to fork over a fee to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers every time its young members want to sing "Happy Birthday" to one another?
Wired Sep 27, 2004 A Graphic Film of Protest, and Cries of Blasphemy
QUOTE: ..."Submission," a 10-minute film shown on Dutch prime time television, written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born refugee....said her purpose was not to give offense but to draw attention to what she contends is widespread but hidden violence against Muslim women...
New York Times Aug 04, 2004 Art? Smut? Commerce? Billboard Gets Attention
QUOTE: ...a looming image that shows a woman performing oral sex for a man. Ad for a strip club? Unh-unh. The billboard is for a movie...
New York Times Apr 25, 2004 NASA Curbs Comments on Ice Age Disaster Movie
QUOTE: The initial efforts by NASA headquarters to limit comments [about "The Day After Tomorrow--Ed.] angered some government researchers. "It's just another attempt to play down anything that might lead to the conclusion that something must be done" about global warming, one federal climate scientist said.
New York Times Jan 17, 2004 Indian Filmmakers Feel Sting of Censorship Growing Intolerance Blamed as Documentaries About Violence in Gujarat Are Banned
QUOTE: Several documentaries that investigate the horrors of the brutal bloodshed that lasted for weeks in Gujarat in 2002 have been rejected by the film festival's organizers, banned by India's censorship board or faced threats from Hindu extremist groups.
Washington Post Oct 17, 2003 Studios, Actors, and Digital Cloning: Legal Issues in the Battle over Personal Identity
QUOTE: ...corporations are fighting a little-publicized battle over control of personal identity. The battleground is the realm of "digital clones," sometimes referred to as "digital replicas"---the digital recordings of a person's voice, appearance, and actions that can be manipulated and re-used in other projects and applications.
Fairness.com Jun 12, 2003 'The Matrix' made me do it
QUOTE: When Tonda Lynn Ansley confessed to shooting her landlord on a crowded street, she cited the movie "The Matrix" as evidence the killing was "morally right."
Christian Science Monitor Mar 12, 2003 Taking on Tradtion: Kenyan Girl Confronted a Cruel World About Her Circumcision
QUOTE: She was the toast of the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year — a 10-year-old who turned into a de facto ambassador-activist, pitching her voice against an excruciatingly inhumane, but ancient, practice that affects millions of women around the world.
ABC News Dec 23, 2002 Welcome to the Occupation: A skeptical, satirical new comedy, straight outta Palestine
QUOTE: Some pro-Israeli groups want to have the film banned, and it’s not eligible for a best-foreign-film Oscar because the motion- picture Academy does not recognize Palestine as a nation.
MSNBC Oct 10, 2002 Art: What's Original, Anyway?
QUOTE: ...an exhibit will celebrate "degenerate art" in a corporate age: art and ideas on the fringes of intellectual property law.
Wired Aug 20, 2002 Planned Mini-Series on Hitler's Early Life Brings Criticism
QUOTE: Can a four-hour CBS mini-series based on the early life of Hitler accurately depict his monstrousness? ...To the project's critics...the very idea of a drama about Hitler's youth is appalling...
New York Times May 26, 2002 Movies Offer Nothing More, and Often Less
QUOTE: Why do the two words, Movies and Truth, like magnets of opposite poles, seem to repel each other?
Washington Post Sep 07, 2001 Thumbs Down? Re-edit the Flick Yourself
QUOTE: Lucasfilm has been supportive of such fan-created derivative works as the "Star Wars"-meets-"Cops" parody "Troops," but it views remakes of its own releases differently. "We always appreciate fans' enthusiasm and love of 'Star Wars,' but we can't allow them to duplicate and distribute our films for profit,"...
Washington Post May 16, 2001 San Antonio Revoked Arts Grant Illegally, Judge Rules
QUOTE: A federal judge in San Antonio ruled today that elected officials in that city acted unconstitutionally in 1997 when they cut off public financing of a controversial arts group that among other things had sponsored a gay and lesbian film festival.
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