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Historiann: Death threats plus liberal gun laws = no feminist speech allowed.

Because of the historic association of gun ownership with men, especially white men, in states like Utah and Colorado they now have the power to shut down women speakers whose ideas they dislike, especially feminist women.” Are they acting out what they’ve learned from their favorite electronic pastimes (disturbing enough), or are they cold-bloodedly attempting to quash the ‘bug’ in their virtual perception of reality?

10/16/14 • 07:27 PM • Human RightsInternetLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vanity Fair: Why a Street Criminal Stole a Multi-Million-Dollar Violin.

If you look at it another way, there was something dangerous and almost deranged about it, the kind of crime Abbott and Costello might plan, after consultation with Cheech and Chong and Martin and Lewis.

10/15/14 • 11:56 AM • ArtsGeneralLawMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Yorker: Copywrong.

Um, tell the entire story. From my reading elsewhere, Stewart’s people approached the original photog, didn’t like the price, and got another photographer to shoot a derivative.

I expect better of you, New Yorker.  You’re on my watch list now.

10/15/14 • 11:54 AM • LawMusicPhotography • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Kickstarter: anonabox - a Tor hardware router.

The anonabox is a networking device that provides anonymous Internet access and encryption, and helps to bypass censorship in places where access to the Internet is limited.

10/14/14 • 12:14 PM • Human RightsLawSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Appendix: Photographing the Guillotine.

... this will be and this has been.” Yes, exactly. Good article.

10/14/14 • 12:13 PM • HistoryLawPhotographyPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Hyperallergic: What Happens When National Geographic Steals Your Art?

I mean, why not take the risk that the artist will never find out, and hell, if the artist does find out, what’s the likelihood that they will have registered their copyrighted artwork with the US Copyright Office? What’s the likelihood that the aggrieved artist will have access to a blog such as this one, to the NY Times, or the Huffington Post?

10/09/14 • 09:22 AM • ArtsInternetLawPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: Jennifer Lawrence blasts nude photo hack as ‘sex crime’.

Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. [snip] It does not mean that it comes with the territory. [snip] It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.

10/07/14 • 10:07 AM • Human RightsInternetLawSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Digital Reader: Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries.

“Adobe isn’t just tracking what users are doing in DE4; this app was also scanning my computer, gathering the metadata from all of the ebooks sitting on my hard disk, and uploading that data to Adobe’s servers. In. Plain. Text.

Later: It seems Ars Technica has confirmed most of this.

10/07/14 • 10:04 AM • AdobeArtsBooksHuman RightsInternetLawMobile • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FAA: FAA Exemptions for Commercial UAS Movie and TV Production.

In their applications, the firms said the operators will hold private pilot certificates, keep the UAS within line of sight at all times and restrict flights to the ‘sterile area’ on the set.” This sort of indicates how the agency is going to deal with drones. Operators need to have a knowledge of airspace, weather and more.  Just because it looks and costs the same as a toy, doesn’t mean that operation in public airspace is without dangers.

10/01/14 • 09:51 AM • LawMotion GraphicsPhotographyPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Gawker: Iranians Sentenced to Six Months, 91 Lashes for Dancing to “Happy”.

Can we talk about implementing a worldwide “Prime Directive” now? Between IS and this. Those who want to go back in time and be medieval, well ... they can be medieval. Noone in the modern world does business with them. No arms. No supplies of food. No internet. No health advances. You break with the modern world, the modern world cuts you off until you choose to rejoin it. Enjoy the dentists.

09/18/14 • 06:28 PM • HistoryHuman RightsLawPoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LRB: Andrew O’Hagan reviews ‘No Place to Hide’ by Glenn Greenwald.

A very good read. Very long, but do take the time.

09/17/14 • 10:45 AM • HistoryHuman RightsLawPoliticsSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Is asteroid mining legal? Congress wants to make it so.

The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 — a UN treaty signed by 102 countries, including the US — bans countries from appropriating any astronomical bodies. But there’s a dispute over whether this would apply to private companies mining asteroids. Congress seems to be arguing that it does not.” This’ll be entertaining to watch.

09/11/14 • 12:19 PM • LawScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists?

... there is something undeniably screwy about a justice system that makes it de facto legal to kill people, even when it is clearly your fault, as long you’re driving a car and the victim is on a bike and you’re not obviously drunk and don’t flee the scene

09/10/14 • 04:19 PM • Human RightsLawPhysical Fitness • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Ramming around with drones ...

You’ve seen these two?

Petapixel: Yellowstone levels criminal charges at drone users who are violating the park’s ban.

Mashable Drone Beat: Another Arrest in New York, NASA Working on Drone Safety and More.  Do scroll down and watch the ram video.

09/08/14 • 10:23 AM • HardwareLawMotion GraphicsPhotography • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: BP Found “Grossly Negligent” in 2010 Spill.

BP said it would appeal the ruling.” *Sigh.* Ain’t over ‘till it’s over.  And how’s the Gulf doing

09/04/14 • 02:04 PM • EnvironmentalLawPoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BoingBoing: Customer fined $250 for complaining, told “You are playing games with the wrong people”.

Read this one. Wow.

08/28/14 • 04:10 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingInternetLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Santa Fe votes to decriminalise marijuana possession.

The measure makes possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $25. It had been a criminal misdemeanor.This is getting heavy rotation in town.

08/28/14 • 10:49 AM • LawSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CSM: US government - Monkey selfies ineligible for copyright.

“Marking an end to the controversy surrounding the “monkey selfie,” a self-portrait snapped by a particularly photogenic macaque in Indonesia in 2011, the US Copyright Office noted on Tuesday in a public draft of the Compendium of US Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, that to be eligible to register an original work of intellectual property – be it a patent, trademark, or trade secrets – one must be a living, breathing, Homo sapiens.

And that’s the end of that. No more monkeying around.

08/27/14 • 09:43 AM • LawPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TechDirt: Why Do Police In Suburban St. Louis Have More Powerful Weapons Than Marines In Afghanistan

What we’re seeing here is a gaggle of cops wearing more elite killing gear than your average squad leader leading a foot patrol through the most hostile sands or hills of Afghanistan. They are equipped with Kevlar helmets, assault-friendly gas masks, combat gloves and knee pads (all four of them), woodland Marine Pattern utility trousers, tactical body armor vests, about 120 to 180 rounds for each shooter, semiautomatic pistols attached to their thighs, disposable handcuff restraints hanging from their vests, close-quarter-battle receivers for their M4 carbine rifles and Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights. In other words, they’re itching for a fight.” Carry lethal weapons that you train with frequently, build skills, never get to actually use them as trained ... the itch gets overwhelming.

08/21/14 • 10:58 AM • Human RightsLawPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Techdirt: Thomson Reuters Thinks Not Responding To Their Email Means You’ve Freely Licensed All Your

So it’s just bizarre and surprising that media giant Thomson Reuters apparently believes that it can license whatever content it wants by merely sending an email and saying that a refusal to respond will be taken as consent that it can use your content.” !@&^#$$% Bloggers, beware. That puts a whole new exponential spin on ‘big grab’.

08/21/14 • 10:56 AM • InternetLawSocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ProPublica: What to Look For In Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown.

Hmmm. There’s an elephant in the room here, to me. Police today are trained to shoot at center of mass, not extremities. Sans other evidence, the head shots in particular sound punitive.

08/18/14 • 03:50 PM • Human RightsLawPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: ‘Art and Craft’ Trailer.

Of interest.

08/18/14 • 01:06 PM • ArtsConsumptionHistoryLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: Palestinians tweet tear gas tips to Ferguson residents.

This is ineffably sad.

08/15/14 • 11:48 AM • Home & LivingHuman RightsLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ProPublica, Report: Drillers Illegally Using Diesel Fuel to Frack.

For many years fracking industry groups insisted their member companies never used diesel fuels in their operations. Then, in 2011, a congressional investigation found that in fact between 2005 and 2009, 12 companies had injected 32 million gallons of diesel fuel or fracking fluids containing diesel fuel in wells in 19 states.” This has been known, and ignored and/or buried, for at least a half-dozen years. Companies rely on semantics to dodge legal bullets.

08/14/14 • 11:15 AM • EnvironmentalHealthLawNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Ferguson, Missouri photos - Tear gas, rubber bullets, and a militarized police force.

Hmmm. Then there’s Tom Tomorrow, hitting it on the head as usual. Militarizing police forces *is* a slippery-slope situation. I went in search of guidelines, perhaps Federal ones ... but none seem to exist.  With all the surplus weaponry ending up in nonmilitary hands, Federal guidelines are overdue. Mr Obama - Congress - can you do something about this, please?

Too many police today are responding with a video-game-like kill-reflex; the reflex that used to be the lone purvue of the trained soldier. Killing should not be the first response of a police officer. Training high-powered rifles on protestors by itself is a terrible act of aggression.

I’ll say it again: Have we forgotten the ‘60’s?

Later: See who the cops are targeting. It would be interesting to see where Homeland Security’s money’s gone ... more to areas with distinct segregation among the populations? One wonders. Probably only ProPublica would contemplate such a report. Via Dan Lyke (Flutterby) on FB.

08/14/14 • 11:08 AM • Human RightsLawNews • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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