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Hyperallergic: Photog Files $1 Billion Suit Against Getty for Licensing Her Public Domain Images.

In December, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website. It demanded payment of $120. This was how Highsmith came to learn that stock photo agencies Getty and Alamy had been sending similar threat letters and charging fees to users of her images, which she had donated to the Library of Congress for use by the general public at no charge.” This is why I never listed anything on Flickr as Creative Commons. You ever see my photos used, let me know. I give personal permission, not blanket permission.

07/28/16 • 07:24 AM • LawPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Defeat of ISIS Could Send ‘Terrorist Diaspora’ to West, F.B.I. Chief Says.

I think he’s wrong. The larger danger to me is ‘self-radicalization by internet.’ Mentally unstable, economically challenged youth are particularly vulnerable. It’s a huge problem, IMHO. ISIS could simply transfer itself to a virtual construct. I only hope someone in the FBI (and other security services) is thinking about it. I hope Anonymous is considering a response as well.

07/27/16 • 09:39 AM • Human RightsLawPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Donald Trump Encourages Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails.

This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. This has gone from being a mattter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.” Agreed. So far out of line.

07/27/16 • 08:36 AM • LawNewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Were the DNC emails ‘tampered with’?

This is the original article for this rumor, being widely misinterpreted. Scroll down to paragraph beginning “The metadata in the leaked documents ...” and read from there (if you want to cut to the chase on this subject).

Money quote: “Although so far the actual content of the leaked documents appears not to have been tampered with, manipulation would fit an established pattern of operational behaviour in other contexts, such as troll farms or planting fake media stories.”

The media is presenting this all over the ideological map. Beware what/who you believe on this one.

07/26/16 • 10:59 AM • InternetLawPoliticsSecurity • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Harrison Ford could have died in Star Wars set incident, court hears.

Han Solo’s tough. Plane/helicopter crashes, having the Millenium Falcon door dropped on him, he prevails.

07/26/16 • 09:09 AM • EntertainmentHealthLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: ‘Excessive arrest’ of minorities – not police violence – explain deaths.

Apparently it isn’t about race, because it’s about race ... ?

07/26/16 • 09:01 AM • Human RightsLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: How Women Are Harassed Out of Science.

Zero tolerance for such harassment.

07/26/16 • 08:45 AM • Human RightsLawScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Colossal: Street Artist Paints Over Ugly Graffiti to Make it Legible.


07/25/16 • 09:47 AM • ArtsLawTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: Taking The Long View, Is The World Getting More Or Less Violent?

FYI. A little old, but worth the late link.

07/25/16 • 08:10 AM • Human RightsLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

26NBC: Court says ‘upskirting’ is legal in Georgia.

The fact of the matter is even if you are in a public place you certainly have an expectation of privacy underneath your clothes.” Strict Constructionism?

07/22/16 • 08:16 AM • Human RightsLawPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Nice attack - Prosecutor says suspect had accomplices.

Premeditated. Not good. I wouldn’t participate in public crowd events for a good while.

07/21/16 • 11:01 AM • LawPoliticsPsychologyReligionTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Gawker: Video Shows Unarmed Black Man Pleading With Arms Raised Before Getting Shot by Police.

No sense of proportion left.

07/20/16 • 08:04 PM • Human RightsLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: Birkenstock will pull its shoes from Amazon over counterfeit sellers.

Counterfeits have become a HUGE issue for sellers using Amazon. Huge. Buyer beware. At least there’s a return policy.

07/20/16 • 12:35 PM • ConsumptionLawTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Albuquerque Journal: Man with BB gun, scope won’t face charges, police say.

A responding field officer went into a nearby building and saw the man with a rifle, scope and bipod. The rifle was pointed north down University Boulevard.” What an idiot.

07/20/16 • 12:19 PM • LawSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: How the Recent Shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge Will Impact Law and Order Policing.

Americans are perpetually convinced that crime is on the rise, despite the fact that the crime rate has declined steadily over the last 25 years.

07/20/16 • 11:09 AM • Human RightsLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vanity Fair: The Civil War that Could Doom the N.R.A.

Ripe for a new organization to disrupt, no?

07/19/16 • 10:50 AM • Human RightsLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Cyclingnews: Armstrong a ‘doper, dealer and liar’ says US federal government.

Nothing quite like a government sponsor scorned. Henry Tudor would have his head by now.

07/12/16 • 03:58 PM • LawPoliticsSports • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrong to weigh in on Donald Trump?

If I were a journalist, I would have vetted this carefully and advised her not to. A Justice should remain publicly uncommitted, above the fray. Private convo, fine. News interview, no.

07/12/16 • 10:11 AM • LawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Political Wire: Republicans Request Perjury Investigation of Clinton.

Worked out so well last time, right? When will these idiots learn?

07/11/16 • 07:23 PM • HistoryLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Baton Rouge killing: Black Lives Matter protest photo hailed as ‘legendary’.

It is a fantastic photo. Anyone else see a resemblance to the Garthim (Dark Crystal)?

07/11/16 • 01:31 PM • Human RightsLawPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: Photographer reaches $50K settlement over state police stop.

Pierre-Louis — who is 6-foot-2, African-American and now in his 50s — was pulled over and ordered to kneel while handcuffed on the pavement. The suspect who had allegedly pointed a gun at another man was later described by the victim as a 5-foot-2 Hispanic man in his 20s.

07/11/16 • 12:23 PM • Human RightsLawPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: Albuquerque police receive directive after Dallas shootings.

Two-up ... and nervous, methinks. Be nice, everyone.

07/08/16 • 04:22 PM • Human RightsLawPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

c|net: Dallas shooter killed by bomb-equipped robot in first for law enforcement.

While it does appear to be the first time a police robot has killed anyone in the United States, robots have been used for other nonlethal offensive actions in recent years. In 2014, for example, Albuquerque Police used a robot to deploy ‘chemical munitions’ into a motel room where a suspect was holed up to force the suspect to surrender.” Albuquerque. Sort of expected. I should think they’d consider drone + flashbangs as a nonlethal solution, too. The deterrent for lawless behavior is dialing way up, and virtually noone’s talking about it.

07/08/16 • 12:15 PM • ComputingHardwareLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: How America Heals After Dallas.

There have to be solutions other than ‘put three in the center of body mass’. How we’ve gotten to this point, I can’t fathom. Police training is clearly inadequate, civilian response unpredictable. I myself only recently learned (the hard way) that we’re supposed to keep our two hands on the steering wheel until the officer taps on the window. How I missed this all these years, bespeaks how others behave in unpredictable (to law enforcement) ways. Take your hands off the wheel, the officer will put their hands on their weapon. Given the last couple of days, you really, REALLY don’t want that.

07/08/16 • 11:28 AM • HealthHuman RightsLawPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dissent: How the British Far Right Went Mainstream.

Saved for later reading; I can’t vouch for the opinions.

07/07/16 • 02:19 PM • Human RightsLawPoliticsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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