April 9, 2010

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Friday, April 09, 2010

The Catholic Church and the media, how war can look like a video game, copyrighting jokes

Sins Of The Father

During Good Friday Mass this year, the Preacher to the Papal Household compared criticism of the Catholic Church, over its handling of abuse allegations, to historical persecution of Jews. He later apologized, but that didn't stop the dean of cardinals at the Vatican from referring – on Easter Sunday – ...

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Virtual War

This week a leaked video of a U.S. military attack in Iraq that killed 12 civilians, including two Reuters journalists, generated much debate in the media. But most agreed on one thing: the footage looked like a video game. Technology writer Clive Thompson discusses what this means.

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Command and Control

As a practical matter, who controls the internet is whoever enables you to access it -- and in the U.S. that would be service providers like Comcast, Verizon and Time Warner. The only check on their power has been the Federal Communications Commission. That is, until this week when a ...

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Update: Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bob gives an update on last week's story about allegations by the Cleveland Plain Dealer that one of the anonymous commenters on their website was a local judge who had improperly posted about cases in her courtroom.

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Copyright's Wrong Turn

Call it the Magna Carta of copyright – England's Statute of Anne was born 300 years ago this weekend and, for the first time in history, conferred upon authors certain rights to the work. Unfortunately, says Duke Law School professor James Boyle, modern copyright law has strayed far from Anne's ...

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Take My Joke, Please

When it comes to copyright law, the world of comedy is an untamed and sometimes violent frontier. Comedians don't copyright their jokes; instead, they rely on an informal system of intellectual property enforcement. Chris Sprigman and Dotan Oliarand, two law professors, decided to study how that system works.

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