It seems “Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact a sweeping intellectual-property bill that would increase criminal penalties for copyright infringement, including “attempts” to commit piracy.” How do you prove attempted copyright infringement (as the header to this story states)? how do you prove attempted piracy? What would this mean to online media?
Shock jocks Opie and Anthony didn’t get the memo that “anything goes” is no longer the status quo in American radio. XM Satellite Radio suspended them for 30 days for “crude sex comments about Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush and Queen Elizabeth and one day after making light of the incident in their broadcast.” What shocks me is that XM did it, not one of the standard radio networks. Do I agree with the suspension? I don’t know. But I do know that after what happened to Imus, everyone should have taken a good look at what can happen if you overestimate your right to free speech.
Cosentino North America, a Houston-based countertop maker, has hired Candice Olson as national spokesperson. Candice’s claim to fame is HGTV. Why? As reported by Houston Business Journal, “Candice brings in-depth knowledge of interior design and an engaging personality to her role as national spokesperson for Silestone — qualities that will generate valuable consumer awareness”
- Gonzales proposes new crime: ‘Attempted’ copyright infringement, from c/net News Blog.
- Shock Jocks Suspended Over Rice, Bush Sex Rant, reported at click2houston.com
- Cosentino names HGTV star as spokesperson, reported by the Houston Business Journal