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Current Law Students / Re: Spread The Word Before Tuesday
« on: May 31, 2008, 12:01:37 PM »

Obama -- Military Service? Sorry! But my Grandpa was a veteran!

Obama calls his grandparents who put a roof above his head "white folks"

He responded: "I will cede to no one the ability to talk about veterans issues. My grandfather was a veteran. Those veterans benefits helped my grandparents to raise my mother. I have veterans throughout the state of Illinois that I've been fighting for since I came into the United States Senate."

It's not the first time! Barack Obama has called his grandmother a "typical white person" in a radio interview on Thursday, raising eyebrows among some of his critics only days after he sought to bridge racial division in a major campaign speech. Obama had pointed to his mother's mother in his speech Tuesday as an example of someone who harbored fears of blacks based on racial prejudice. The Illinois senator revisited his relationship with his grandmother on Thursday in an interview on 610 WIP, Philadelphia Sports Radio. He denied his grandmother held hatred toward blacks, but described her as a "typical white person."

"The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity — she doesn't," he said. "But she is a typical white person who, you know, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know, there is a reaction. That has been bred into our experiences that don't go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way." In the speech, he said: "I can no more disown [Wright] than I can disown my white grandmother, a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed her by on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."

Geraldine Ferraro complained that Obama had lumped her in with his controversial pastor, whom she called a "racist bigot." Obama mentioned the 1984 vice presidential candidate on Tuesday in his speech on race and his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., whose heated, anti-U.S. sermons raised questions about the company Obama keeps. "To equate what I said with what this racist bigot has said from the pulpit is unbelievable," Ferraro told the Los Angeles newspaper, The Daily Breeze, on Wednesday. "He gave a very good speech on race relations, but he did not address the fact that this man is up there spewing hatred." Ferraro, who left Hillary Clinton's campaign finance team after saying Obama wouldn’t be where he is if he were white, said she had "no clue" why Obama included her in his speech. She said Obama's relationship with Wright raises questions about his judgment. "What this man is doing is he is spewing that stuff out to young people, and to younger people than Obama, and putting it in their heads that it's OK to say 'God damn America' and it's OK to beat up on white people," she said. "You don't preach that from the pulpit." The Wright controversy lit up shortly after Ferraro left her post on the Clinton finance committee following her initial interview with The Daily Breeze on Obama's success.

Current Law Students / Re: IT'S A DRAW!!!
« on: May 31, 2008, 11:52:13 AM »
Indeed, nmla, synchronicity's post is very interesting!

Current Law Students / Re: Presidential Hopeful ...
« on: May 31, 2008, 11:25:16 AM »
Fleger's attack on Hillary was indeed ridiculous. 

Current Law Students / Re: The Da Vinci crock
« on: May 31, 2008, 11:02:38 AM »
Back to the subject :)

Copyright issues have traditionally been not given the importance they deserve. That's have been the case even in the US, let alone in less developed countries. When I was in school in Russia I remember many professiors who'd translate books from English to Russian and publish it as if they had written it themselves, under their own name. We as students would not mind it had the books been translated correctly.. but these "professors" did not even know English good enough!

Believe it or not, in British law publishing someone else's original copy work and claiming you have made it (known as plagiarism and completely different from copyright infringement) is a criminal offence. For the most part, the criminal law is only used for commercial copyright infringement with one exception, and an offence is committed when knowing or reasonably suspecting that the files are illegal copies, and without the permission of the copyright owner, a person:

  • makes unauthorised copies e.g. burning music files or films on to CD-Rs or DVD-Rs;
  • distributes, sells or hires out unauthorised copies of CDs, VCDs and DVDs;
  • on a larger scale, distributes unauthorised copies as a commercial enterprise on the internet;
  • possesses unauthorised copies with a view to distributing, selling or hiring these to other people;
  • while not dealing commercially, distributes unauthorised copies of software packages, books, music, games, and films on such a scale as to have a measurable impact on the copyright owner's business;
  • publishing someone else's original copy work and claiming you have made it
  • certain copyrights allow Archival copies of software to be made however these are not to be distributed.

The penalties for these "copyright infringement" offences depend on the seriousness of the offences:

  • before a magistrates' Court, the penalties for distributing unauthorised files are a maximum fine of £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment;
  • in the Crown Court, the penalties for distributing unauthorised files are an unlimited fine and/or up to 10 years imprisonment.

Also note §24 Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003 which creates a range of offences relating to the distribution of any device, product or component which is primarily designed, produced, or adapted for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the circumvention of effective technological measures. When this is for non-commercial purposes, it requires there to be a measurable effect on the rights holder's business.

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