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  • Nov 15th, 2010 @ 5:06pm

    But was it really an error.

    I am aware that cartographers will put small errors in their maps as a way to protect their copyright. Otherwise they would not be able to prove that someone violated their copyright. The errors consist of minor movements of borders, street numbers, or names slightly misspelled. Usually when you run across them they are of little or no inconvenience, not war-starting!
    But this does beg the question, why was an army using an internet map service anyway? Shouldn't they be relying on something that is based on their own government’s documentation? Maybe someone was looking for a fight.

  • May 20th, 2010 @ 7:05am

    This and the action against You Tube by Viacom

    When you look at the actions of ASCAP and the lawsuit that Viacom has filed against You Tube (http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100513/0000529405.shtml), it appears that the people in charge of enforcing copyrights don't want to do their job. They want someone else to do it for them.

    ASCAP and Viacom is going after the venues, rather than the people who actually violate their rights. If am a singer and I cover a song then shouldn't I pay for the fees for the license? If I post Viacom's material, should I be the one Viacom goes after?

    That sounds like work...

  • May 19th, 2010 @ 3:13pm

    I cann't help but wonder...

    I've read through the alleged facts in the lawsuit and I cannot help but wonder if the lawsuit against Marc Toberoff is really, in part, to the benefit of the Shuster and Siegel heirs. It appears that he came on the scene to obtain as much of the rights to Superman that he could, by making promises that he could not fulfill. He now has more rights than either of the Siegel or Shuster heirs, which ihmo is unconscionable.

    While I don't think that any of the parties in this suit are squeaky clean, I hope that someone like Toberoff would be stopped from taking unfair advantage of people. I found it very interesting that the suit specifically only seeks attorney fees from Toberoff and none of the other parties.

  • May 19th, 2010 @ 10:20am

    I cann't help but wonder...

    I've read through the alleged facts in the lawsuit and I cannot help but wonder if the lawsuit against Marc Toberoff is really, in part, to the benefit of the Shuster and Siegel heirs. It appears that he came on the scene to obtain as much of the rights to Superman that he could, by making promises that he could not fulfill. He now has more rights than either of the Siegel or Shuster heirs, which ihmo is unconscionable.

    While I don't think that any of the parties in this suit are squeaky clean, I hope that someone like Toberoff would be stopped from taking unfair advantage of people. I found it very interesting that the suit specifically only seeks attorney fees from Toberoff and none of the other parties.

  • Feb 22nd, 2010 @ 3:03pm

    Re: I actually like the coverage this year...

    Keep in mind that this is the same NBC leadership that was responsible for the O'Brian / Leno fiasco. If that won't get them kicked out, nothting will.