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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

cpt kangarooski Re:Physical Stores (323 comments)

I can walk into a physical store 2 miles from my house, drop 5 bucks for a movie, and if I bring it back within 24 hrs, I get 4 bucks back.
Why can't I just pay $1 /movie to stream any video I want whenever I want?

Well if the movie studios had their way, you wouldn't be able to rent movies cheaply on disc either. They have no interest in customer satisfaction, convenience, or affordability.

about three weeks ago
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Algorithm Reveals Objects Hidden Behind Other Things In Camera Phone Images

cpt kangarooski Frosted glass, huh? (85 comments)

You mean like the frosted glass commonly used for bathroom windows and shower doors? I see this as being a form of image processing that will rapidly be perfected.

about a month ago
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Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

cpt kangarooski Re: In before... (321 comments)

Sigh.

No, publicity rights are a branch of state tort law. Copyrights are a sui generis branch of federal law.

And a copyright release is just a copyright license (or more rarely, an assignment), which means that it pertains to a particular creative work. A publicity release has to do with using someone's face, image, statements, etc. While you could conceivably have them both in the same form, it's rare that you'd need to or want to.

And I assure you, they are not related even the teeniest tiniest bit. Not in their policy goals, or how they originated, or which governments created them, or who gets them, or how long they last, or what they cover. There is no commonality.

Are you too lazy to google for the difference between copyrights and publicity rights? Perhaps this web page from the Library of Congress will help you out: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/co...

about 1 month ago
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Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

cpt kangarooski Re: This... doesn't make any sense. (321 comments)

Copyright law is utterly unrelated to publicity rights. You're just stringing words together.

about 1 month ago
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Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

cpt kangarooski Re:Dangerous precedent (321 comments)

A performer owns copyright of their performance, unless otherwise agreed.

No, not quite.

A mere performance, by itself, is not copyrightable. In order to be copyrightable, a performance must be fixed in a tangible medium. This always raises the question of whether the person doing the fixation is the actual author, or at least a joint author, with equal rights in the work. Basically it hinges on creativity. If the actor is in charge of their own costuming, lighting, cinematography, and direction, and everyone else is just following orders like a robot, with no creative input, and we set aside issues of works made for hire, then yes, the actor would be the sole author of the film. But if the actor isn't in charge of everything which, along with the performance, is being filmed, then they may be only one of many authors, and if it's the actor who is following orders like a robot, the actor may not have contributed any sort of authorship at all.

Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony is what you'll want to take a look at.

about 1 month ago
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Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

cpt kangarooski Re:In before... (321 comments)

Second is the long-standing interpretation of copyright law saying that people own copyright on their own appearance.

Got some cases you can cite for that?

Typically, when making a movie or taking pictures of a person, you need the actors' or models' permission*.

And publicity and privacy rights, which are what you get releases for, are not copyrights. They are not even vaguely related.

about 1 month ago
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Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

cpt kangarooski Re:Is Snowden being tried? (261 comments)

I never even said a word about the lawyers making money. Perhaps you meant to reply to someone else?

about 2 months ago
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Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

cpt kangarooski Re:Is Snowden being tried? (261 comments)

Everyone needs many lawyers at all stages.

More seriously, a child -- even a stupid child -- could tell that Snowden faces legal threats, among other threats. It's not foolish of him to consult with lawyers. Besides, you think there are no lawyers out to get him?

about 2 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

cpt kangarooski Re:Rule of acquisition 18 (888 comments)

I mean, we can't all have 6-digit Slashdot IDs

Who would want a six digit Slashdot ID? How dreadful!

about 2 months ago
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House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

cpt kangarooski Re:Phone Booths (366 comments)

I believe that the episode you're thinking of was Time Flight. They put the TARDIS aboard a Concorde and flew 140 million years into the past.

about 2 months ago
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House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

cpt kangarooski Re:I'm confused (366 comments)

Plus don't forget that the domestic telephone network exists nationwide. Even if airlines were magically exempt, telephones still could be regulated.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Now Accepting Applications From Companies That Want To Mine the Moon

cpt kangarooski Re:Space 1999, Sorta (251 comments)

Hey, I'm totally happy with getting rid of as many jobs as possible through automation, so long as people still get paid enough to live comfortably. The leisure society is where it's at.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Now Accepting Applications From Companies That Want To Mine the Moon

cpt kangarooski Re:"rare earths" (251 comments)

But ours are all stuck at the bottom of a big gravity well. Materials mined on the moon, or better yet, nearby asteroids, are not. They could be sent down to us as raw materials to be turned into finished goods here, but alternatively we could begin to industrialize space.

There are plenty of plans on the books for building solar power arrays that could send power down to us cleanly, for example. It's too expensive to build them with parts that come from the Earth, but it might be more practical with parts that didn't.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Now Accepting Applications From Companies That Want To Mine the Moon

cpt kangarooski Re:"rare earths" (251 comments)

It has plenty of oxygen and aluminum, which would be useful. Near Earth asteroids are probably a better bet, however.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Now Accepting Applications From Companies That Want To Mine the Moon

cpt kangarooski Re:Space 1999, Sorta (251 comments)

How could that have possibly happened, given that in 1994, a runaway planet hurtled between the Earth and the Moon, breaking the moon into two big chunks, unleashing cosmic destruction, and casting man's civilization into ruin.

And while it would be good to get rid of mining operations on Earth, replacing it with space mining, the main advantage of mining in space is that you do not need to use a giant rocket to get that stuff into space; it's already up there, and can be used for industrial purposes in situ.

about 2 months ago
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Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

cpt kangarooski Re:Picasso (360 comments)

Trademarks are fine, of course.

about 2 months ago
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Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

cpt kangarooski Re:And A Rebuttal (360 comments)

Who gives you the right to say what I should or should not do with my creations?

You didn't create the copyright. Everyone else gave it to you (via our servant, the government). We didn't do this out of the kindness of our hearts; we did it out of self interest. And being a deal made out of self interest, and with you having no real alternatives or bargaining power, it should favor us very strongly.

If you don't like it, don't create anything, and don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

about 2 months ago
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Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

cpt kangarooski Re:And A Rebuttal (360 comments)

No consistency, no canon, nothing.

Of course there would be a canon. In fact, there might be several different ones. And fans could choose whichever they liked best. God knows this is already common with copyrighted materials.

Not to mention of course that even the Biblical Canon is not universally agreed upon, but somehow the world hasn't ended.

suppose its 1982, Return of the Jedi hasn't even been made yet.. is it really time to open the flood gates and let anyone anywhere make their own star wars direct to DVD sequels?

If you could make a DVD sequel to Star Wars in 1982 (remember, you can't use anything added in Empire!) then I'd say that you deserve to make it. Put those Laserdisc and Selectavision guys in their place!

about 2 months ago
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Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

cpt kangarooski Re:What about ongoing works? (360 comments)

Yes you could; the SPIDER-MAN trademark with regard to comic books and many other goods would become generic. I discussed this in another post in this thread.

It's copyrights that protect characters. Copyrights on the works that the characters appear in. Each trait of the character is protected in the work in which it first appears. So Spider-Man's basic costume, web swinging, origin, etc. all comes from Amazing Fantasy #15. But Peter Parker's sideline of bringing pictures of Spider-Man to J. Jonah Jameson doesn't show up until The Amazing Spider-Man #2, so you'd have to wait for that one to also hit the public domain to introduce that trait.

about 2 months ago
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Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

cpt kangarooski Re:As a max time limit before entering public doma (360 comments)

And anyone complaining that software shouldn't be patented is missing the point completely - because the line is extremely fine. If I make a machine using gears and other bits (or electronic logic circuits and opamps and such) and it's novel, it's obvious it can be patented. But if I decide to do all the processing in software while using a generic hardware interfaces, then the entire system can't be patented?

Well, the reason why I'm opposed to software patents is because I don't think they're necessary. There are such significant incentives to invent and bring to market inventions in the field of software that a patent monopoly really has no meaningful incentivizing effect. And software does a pretty good job of disclosing itself; it's very open to being reverse engineered, so disclosure isn't a good reason to grant software patents either.

We could probably stop granting software patents and see the pace of invention in that field increase. Sounds like a good reason to me. If it slows down, we could revisit the matter. Same thing with business methods.

about 2 months ago

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Court finds in favor of libraries in Google Books affair

cpt kangarooski cpt kangarooski writes  |  about a year and a half ago

cpt kangarooski (3773) writes "While it's not a final victory in the long-running Google Books matter, the related case by the Authors' Guild against the universities working with Google in the digitization project has produced a ruling that their book scanning is a fair use. You can read the opinion here. This bodes well for Google's case, although note that this wasn't directly about them."

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