* Posts by johnrwalker

7 posts • joined 8 May 2013

Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!


Seems likely that it could be what they are ,not eating that's the problem. If you are eating (a lot) instant 'pizzas' for most dinners, you are unlikely to be getting enough soluble fiber and other things that come with pulses, vegies and whole grains.

There also could be confounding factors.

PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row


While there is some real dispute as to whether the photographer in this case owns the copyright, there is no reasonable doubt that a monkey( or anything that is not a human being) cannot own the copyright in anything.

PETA has form for this sort of litigation and they have failed on numerous occasions, pure publicity stunt. (and exactly what is the legal basis of PETAs claim to represent that monkey- has it signed something, or is PETA its legal guardian?

Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix


"inefficient, bureaucratic and unfair, and disadvantage people who pay for content." simply the truth. The fact that the rest of the EU has this weird inefficient and unfair form of 'compensation' does not make it right.

KRAKOOM! iPad Air explose in fireball, terrified fanbois flee Apple store


Speaking as an Australian- this is the first I have heard of this story... are you sure it happened?

I would guess that, if it did happen, it is most likely to be related to lithium batteries which have a known (small) risk of fire if charging somehow goes 'wrong'..

The UK's copyright landgrab: The FAQ


This new law is not about 'free' anything.

This law is not for a adoption of US style "Fair Use" provisions . Nor is it about reining in abuses of copyright such as those that interfere with the doctrine of first sale - i.e charges on the resale / re-use of copies you have paid for in full. Nor is it about reducing the over extended term of copyright.

This law is about imposing compulsory collective management of copyright on most/many of the UKs small to middle size right-holders. This will not be 'free' just about everything, that is worth something, will be licensed i.e paid for. In fact it is certain to net cost more than the current situation.

The individual right of copyright is being nicked, definitely not ended.


Re: When the majority breaks the law...

Making the original that is then sold as copies, is hard work. No copyright, no payment for that work = work not done. If you were to say that copyright goes way to long, that it is too easy to extend and extend and that it is at times abused and excessive, I would agree. However copyright has a very important function in a free society as a individual , trade-able economic right. Get rid of it and you will have fun for a while, but then what?


Re: Two sides to the orphan issue?


"The UK IPO had every opportunity to narrow the wording of OW/ECL so there would be no ambiguity and no threat to primary licensing at all. They declined the opportunities."

Fairly recently we, in Australia, had a visiting emissary from the UKs mandated official IP sector. This emissary was billed on arrival as a outstanding "Champion"- however the champion spectacularly and quickly failed, in fact the champion turned out to be pretty average.

A major reason for this failure was ; this emissary genuinely had no idea about Copyright as a exclusive individual right of control of usage. In fact this emissary reacted with ill-disciplined, uncomprehending, anger to the very idea of a individual right-holders right to "say no" to compulsory collective management . The tantrums did not go down well, down under.

From our perspective a covert (or overt) ignorant hostility to primary rights seems not untypical of the UKs mandated official IP sector.


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