Tuesday, January 30, 2007

United for Peace

Obviously not everyone can make it to DC for the march, organized by United for Peace, but Chris Bowers of MyDD provides alternatives:

Whatever the cause, there is more than one-way to march on Washington. MoveOn.org is sponsoring a virtual march on Washington on February 1st, which happens to be Thursday. This march will be made in the form of phone calls, emails and faxes, to send one million direct contacts to member of Congress to stop the escalation. No matter whether you attend the march on Saturday or not, no matter whether you were able to attend the march on Saturday or not, everyone can take part in this march. If, for one day, no one in Congress received any other messages from constituents except a call to stop Bush's escalation in Iraq, we can be louder and clearer than any mass rally. You can take part here.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Blogging Sundance (More from Day One)

I am posting this from the biggest goddam monitor I have ever, in my life, had the opportunity to view the blog on, thanks to the HP/Adobe New Frontier Center on Main Street.

Blogging Sundance

Day One.

Rich snooty fucking people everywhere. Jesus where do they all come from?

Woman on the shuttle bus was very upset that the bus not designated to go to her stop would not, in fact, be going to her stop.

Conflict ensued.

No movies yet, but my pockets are chuck full of free shit.

More later...

Monday, January 15, 2007

Jason's Funny

We'll be attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, so light blogging the next two weeks.

Like anybody is fucking reading our blog anyway... I just wanted to post that, because that's what they do on the real blogs.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Fed Up with McCain

MyDD's Chris Bowers has finally had enough of McCain.

Let the Google-Bombing Begin!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Blogger Shut Down for Criticizing Violence

It always amazes me what can sometimes drift by unnoticed by the mass media. It's not like they don't have enough time to get to it all. Last week, CNN found time to discuss at length, Barack Obama's clothing style and tie-less shirts, but somehow, they couldn't get to this:

ABC Inc., a subsidiary of the Disney-ABC Television Group, apparently issued a cease-and-desist letter targeting Spocko and his blog for copyright violation. Specifically, ABC alleged that by posting brief audio clips of various talk radio hosts on KSFO, the site was "in clear violation" of the station's copyright. The letter demanded that the owner of the site "remove the content immediately." Soon after, according to Spocko, his Internet service provider shut down his blog.
Why? Well it seems this blogger had something to say they didn't like (or rather that was effecting their pocket book):
In 2006, a blogger named Spocko began spotlighting inflammatory rhetoric common to several talk radio hosts on KSFO, an ABC Radio-owned station in San Francisco. Spocko compiled a litany of examples on both his weblog, Spocko's Brain, and in numerous letters to corporations advertising on KSFO. He noted that KSFO hosts had claimed to have put "a bull's-eye" on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), advocated hanging various New York Times editors, called for the murder of millions of Muslims, and so on. This letter-writing campaign apparently got results, as major advertisers such as MasterCard, Bank of America, and Visa reportedly pulled their ads from the station.
Now I am not an expert on copyright law, but I believe if you are using sections or clips of copyrighted, yet publicly dispensed material for "review or commentary purposes" you need only keep the clips short. I also know these "rules" are not clearly defined, and in most situations, a warning letter is just that, a warning, meant to either put a stop to the copyright infringement, or begin a dialogue for "permission to use" requests. In this case, they clearly wanted to simply shut the blogger up.
Spocko also wrote to KSFO's corporate sponsors calling their attention to these statements. For instance, in a November 20, 2006, letter to telecommunications giant AT&T, he wrote: "Thanks to radio hosts from KSFO your brand is being associated with torturing and killing people." He included in the letter numerous examples of the hosts' invective.
ABC's response?
But on December 21, Spocko's Internet hosting service, 1&1 Internet Inc., received a cease-and-desist letter bearing ABC's logo. In the letter, Enid J.H. Karpeh, who identified herself as ABC's counsel, claimed that Spocko's use of brief audio clips of Rodgers, Morgan, and other hosts was "in clear violation of KSFO's copyright."
Read the full letter here.