Copyright


UPDATE: This does have a happy ending (see comments), I did get the shirt. But not from Zazzle.com, or the internet. With respect to custom shirts: Fuck the internet.

And guess what happened? After spending 1.5 hours designing it on Zazzle.com, my shirt was rejected for using copyrighted images. Namely, a poster for the movie. A cover of a book containing photos of the movie. And 3 snapshops from the movie, as well as a promo black-and-white snapshot not from the movie. Which I painstakingly removed the sky from so that the corner would blend seamlessly into the shirt.

Oh I’m sorry, I can’t print a t-shirt with copyrighted images for myself? I forgot we had to protect the “artist” who took this picture 50 years ago, from the “theft” by Zazzle daring to make a profit with their “property”.

Does anybody seriously believe the guy who drew the poster for a 1959 movie is still getting royalties from this movie? This movie airs on TNT and is on Netflix. Plenty of people can watch the movie without purchasing any of these copyrighted pictures. Nor are there The Tall T shirts currently being sold by anyone.

It isn’t about protecting revenue streams for the artist. There’s no revenue stream to protect. Show me The Tall T shirts I can buy — I don’t see them.

This is about corporations wanting exclusive control over anything where money changes hands.

By the way — I post all my stuff under Creative Commons where people can use it, even for commercial purposes, even with modification. Cause I’m not an asshole. Nor do I expect to get royalties everytime an appliation I wrote code on runs, or everytime anybody uses anything I ever created. I expect to get paid… (drumroll)… when I go to work and work.

*Post delayed until after Christmas to not spoil Dad’s surprise. I’ll probably have to make the shirt with no fucking images instead. Goddamn ASSHOLES..

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It’s a crazy day today! Check it out… The Jessica Rabbit picture is a realization of many childhood fantasies! (more…)

WAR ON DRUGS: Federal marijuana decriminalization bill introduced — tell your congressman to support it here. Surveys tend to show that around half of Americans support decriminalization of marijuana. Since this is not a direct democracy, and you don’t get a vote, letting your congressman know what to do is the only way you will be represented. So speak up. Of course this wont make a real difference, as only 1% of marijuana arrests occur at the federal level. But federal penalties are draconian and extreme. (tags: marijuana Democrats BarneyFrank)
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  • Reporter videotapes cheerleading competition; charged with felony possession of obscene matter depicting sexual conduct of a person under 18! So… um… Why isn’t the school in trouble for hosting public competitions that depict sexual conduct of persons under 18? Now the reporter will fail security clearances, even though the charges wont stand. Looks like the system can fuck you, even if you don’t deserve it. Or maybe the guy had more on the videotape… But videotaping a cheerleading competition is grounds for your arrest and search of your videotape?!?! Hello? It’s a public event. Photographers rights! Buuuut… SCHOOLS ARE STUPID… SO… When an athletic girl strains ligament, is hospitalized, put in a brace, given crutchesguess what happened next? (This was Hillsborough — I assume the same one where they dump arrested cripples onto the floor to make sure they are handicapped.) The school took her crutches away from her — FOR NOT HAVING A DOCTOR’S NOTE — causing her to further damage her knee. And have surgery. Inevitable lawsuit ensues — and I hope they get millions. YOU DON’T DO THAT.

      WAR ON TERROR: U.S. tortures their prisoners of war – no shit – more news from Captain Obvious. How many of these accounts have to come out for this to stop? Does nobody give a shit that we are treating some individuals as bad as China or Nazi Germany? The constitution was specific: ALL persons have rights, not just citizens. When the constitution talked about voting, it said “citizens”, not “all persons”. Duh. But the global government does not care about constitutional rights — hell, United Nations Secretary-General stands behind the censorship of Fitna. I seem to remember appeasement didn’t work with Hitler in World War 2 — so why are politicians trying to appease fundamentalist muslims who want to censor anything that might offend them? If the United Nations is supposed to define human rights, why be a fucking hypocrite about free speech? FUCK YOU, secretary-general Ban Ki-moon — this IS about free expression, contrary to your attempt at doublethink by stating otherwise.

        SCIENTOLOGY IS A DANGEROUS CULT: IRS documents leaked (full pdf). Another great leak brought to you by ANONYMOUS, the full version of the Church Of Scientology IRS-related documents. Grab this while you can. Grab this now, and own a piece of history regarding how Scientology deals with money. Probably about as bad as Sony BMG, which was raided in France, and found to be operating their network with pirated software. Now they are being sued for piracy. Remember Sony going out of its way to sue anyone who “pirates” any of their technologies, and to even stop modchips? They’re hypocrites (just like the UN today). What are they thinking? They’ve rootkitted their customers, they’ve idiotically sued a great accessory shop because they dared to sell their PSPs, and now this? All I can say is: Another day, another shitty Sony story. Viva la France!

        What would Homer Simpson look like in real life? Like this. And it’s creepy. Blu-ray cracked! Of course BluRay movies were already being pirated. Anyway — Download “AnyDVD HD” while you still can. Netflix will send BluRay discs, y’know. Meanwhile, the FBI is creating links that will make you get raided if you click them — better not have Firefox prefetch on! Maye I should change every page on my blog to redirect to one of those links, huh? Yeah, it’s pretty fucking stupid: FBI Posts Fake Child Porn Hyperlinks. Also, related to the failed war on drugs: LSD and Psilocybin research begin again — after 35 years. First Cocaine Lab found in Brazil. Grow your own pot in the Czech Republic – they just descriminalized it. (more…)

        http://www.acm.vt.edu/~clint/download/imagedump/police-brutality-thumbnail.jpgRateMyCop.com causes police anger – of course cops are anti-free speech if it means criticizing police or bringing their abuses to light. Record Year For Hollywood (what about all the big bad nasty pirates with peg-legs and swords?!). No link between Saddam and Al Qaida! DUH! (more…)

        https://i2.wp.com/prospectknights75.org/images/used/garfield-coffee.jpgThe peer-reviewed journal research article behind the news stories about antidepressants working no better than a placebo. This link was going to disappear from New Scientist story (New Scientist wants a subscription), so I needed to save it. Speaking of mental health, apparently if you take Garfield out of Garfield, you get a comic strip about Jon Arbuckle: A deranged schizophrenic man who talks to himself. It’s twistedly funny. Check out this comedy gold: Garfield minus Garfield. And also speaking of crazy — you know the RIAA lawsuits against the very fans who fund them? These were for the artists, right? WRONG! No artist has seen a penny. Just like the karaoke licensing scam, the artists don’t actually get any of this money, so it’s foolish to support such licensing under the guise of “protecting the artists”. So here’s the article: RIAA Keeps Settlement Money, Artists May Sue. http://www.acm.vt.edu/~clint/download/imagedump/police-brutality-thumbnail.jpgStill, the RIAA isn’t as bad as Asshole Officers James Bryant and Chris Webley of Coquille — some guy broke a windshield, so, during the arrest, they broke his neck. He is now on a respirator for life. Of course the police think this is totally acceptable — after all, the guy swung at them! (Or so they say.) What this article doesn’t mention is that it’s more dangerous to be a fisherman, taxi driver, or garbage man, than it is to be a cop. They hurt people not out of self-defense, but unjustified paranoia. Douchebags!

        Remember all the shitty RIAA lawsuits against (so far) 35,000+ people for downloading mp3s? Ones where it’s cheaper to settle than to defend yourself? This is to protect the artists’ revenue, right? Then why does the RIAA want to lower artist royalties?? The lower the royalties, the more each purchase exclusively goes to the RIAA and not to the artists. And remember, royalties are only based on the vinyl price — not the CD price. The fools who signed a record contract gave their souls to an entity that now wants to lower their royalties from 13% to 8%. THAT’S A 39% DECREASE, by the way (8/13=.6153). Pirate now. Don’t give a penny to these fuckers. And remember, they are already talking about taking concert revenue as well. If you are a band, don’t sign with them.

        Also: get Smith County Justice – banned book released by Wikileaks – now the public no longer has to pay the *$500* used “street value” (from Amazon). Now it’s free. This book, documenting corruption in Smith County,TX, was withdrawn by publisher, removed from all bookstores after publication–due to pressure from the very authorities exposed in the book. Some of whom are alleged to have “made some people disappear”. Spread the book.

        Mouth-Eyes (freaky!).  Scientology documents hacked and released to the public.  Movie industry admits it overstated college piracy by triple the amount. (more…)

        Bobby Fischer. Officers joked about dying man. Scientology Sued. Stripper jailed after saying 13yo raped her. Coward cops shot 1-leggedc man. (more…)

        Swedish Politicians Strike Blows at Copyright Lobby, meanwhile AT&T and Other ISPs getting ready to sniff your private network traffic, and block it if they decide it’s copyrighted.  Expect false positives to destroy all derivative work such as parodies.  Montgomery County, Maryland, cops are jealous douchebags — don’t date their girlfriends, or they’ll file false charges against you Man severely beat because police think maybe he had his truck radio too loudlyEight Toronto Canada Police Officers Can’t Remember Swearing, Despite Audio Tape To Refresh Their Memory.  Except for the Swedish politicians, you’d think this planet was populated by a new species: Homo Douchbagians. (more…)

          Armagnac (drink).  WTO/Antigua vs. USA = free stuff. (more…)

          Merry fucking Christmas! Man surrounded interrogated, humiliated, photographed, banned from Tyrone Square Mall for life because he couldn’t find his car!   Also: School To Continue Electric ShockWho owns fandom? (more…)

            And of course: Teacher trapped inside a toilet for four days.   Hopefully it wasn’t in “The worst toilet in all of Scotland”, because this happened in Scotland! (more…)

              Washing machine cat is not amusedCharity To Pay Copyright Fee So Kids Can Sing Carols. (more…)

              Max Headroom! Two articles relating to the war on drugs today – including how having a bible in your car can be used as probabl cause for searching your vehicle! What bullshit! Bush: A Timeline. Cops can rape crackheads on duty and keep their job. Virginia. Fuck Western Digital.

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                Department Of “Justice” sides with the RIAA$9,250 per song is not “so severe and oppressive as to be wholly disproportioned to the offense or obviously unreasonable.”‘ Oh really? If an album contains 12 songs, that’s $111,000.  Are you telling me that if a kid went into a record store and stole a cd, $111,000 would not be “so severe and oppressive as to be wholly disproportioned to the offense or obviously unreasonable.”‘????  Or is it the fact that OMG IT’S ON THE INTRNETZ that makes them think this is somehow fair. Perhaps they view it as “hundreds of people downloading”. Except that the burden in this case was changed, the day before the verdict, to account for simply “making available”.  So I guess if I left a gun in my yard, I would be “making available” hundreds of murders.  They may as well put me in the electric chair.  9000 times.
                GOOD ARTICLE: The rush to clear police in shootings – part 1 of 2 (among the asshole list: Officer Anthony Blake, Officer David Rodriquez, Officer Robert Haile)

                Also: black man tased within 45 seconds of being pulled over for going 5MPH over speed limit on thanksgiving. This MPAA shit is hilarious too; they pirated code and used a software product to stop pirates. So when the original coders found out, they contacted the ISP, who pulled the plug on the MPAA! Fight fire with fire, a rare victory in the technology war.

                But that saddest thing I have read… Possibly all year, is the story of Lynn DeJac. Prosecutors made a deal with the alleged real murderer, granting him immunity from prosecution. She went to jail for THIRTEEN YEARS for killing her own daughter (also 13 years old). THEY FOUND THE A GUY’S CUM DNA IN THE DEAD 13 YEAR OLDS VAGINA, AND HIS BLOOD ON HER WALLS. Original detectives believe he is guilty.

                So What is the logical thing for the prosecutor Frank Clark to do now that she is released? TRY HER AGAIN! What the fuck?! Imagine your boyfriend kills your daughter, then you go to jail 13 years, then you get out, and now you’re on trial again, despite DNA evidence! Despite the fact that the police were called on Dennis Donahue (the boyfriend) the night before. Despite the fact that Donahue followed the 13-year-old as she went to bars (WTFx2). Despite Donahue allegedly pulling a knife on a random guy the day before. Despite the fact Donahue was arrested for murdering another woman later!

                Double jeopardy for the mother, no justice for the child, and the murderer goes free. I think Frank Clark might be one of the sickest fucking prosecutors I’ve ever seen. That jurisdiction quite literally made a deal with the devil to get a conviction — and now that the conviction is overturned, they are trying her again to save face.

                Frank Clark should be fired for dereliction of duty, and Lynn DeJac should sue for no less than $100M. In fact, part of the reason they are going to re-try her is probably because if they manage to get a conviction, she wont be able to sue as easily. They’re not just saving face, they’re saving money. Perfectly logical, right? (more…)

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