My Book, ‘Stranger To History’, Was Used To Defend My Father’s Killer – Aatish Taseer wrote a memoir and in it he described certain family events where his father ate pork, drank alcohol, and had fathered a half Indian child. When his father was assassinated, Taseer’s book was used to exonerate the killer. Taseer writes
More and more, we were left with people who were neither part of the faith nor its culture, the truly deracinated, as it were; or else, those for whom the faith was all. In a world of ever sharper polarities, the cultural Muslim, around till just the other day, had been edged out; he was, in some respects, the supreme casualty of the age.
A touching essay on a terrible tragedy and one that speaks to the danger of the written word. As Taseer admits, once he has written the book what people do with it cannot be controlled by him. His not writing the book would not have prevented his father’s death. It only affected the post death justice or injustice as the case may be. Huffington Post
Pamie » How I Might Have Just Become the Newest Urban Legend – Funniest thing I have read in years. YEARS. The essay includes terms like “spunk puddle.” At one point, in the middle of Pamela Ribon’s essay, I had to stop reading because the tears from my laughter were interfering with my vision.
I tell a friend of mine about all of this, and after she finishes being horrified she starts laughing. “I’m sorry. But you really had an Ultimate White Lady Problem in that room, getting your feet rubbed, pan flutes playing, wondering if you just gave your baby AIDS through your butt.”
Fox’s Motion for an AutoHop Injunction: Read the Ruling – DISH Network offers a variety of time shifting services to its customers. Fox is challenging these services as infringing. The district court judge has found some of the actions of DISH to be concerning. AutoHop which allows customers an easy way to skip commercials and PrimeTime Anytime which allows you to view a recorded show from any device at anytime are under fire. PTAT seems to be viewed as within fair use guidelines but at the same time, PTAT and AutoHop are services that FOX has licensed to other providers like Hulu. In other words, time shifting could be imperiled simply because a content creator has developed a secondary market for time shifting. The existence of a secondary market and lucrative licensing fees may move time shifting away from fair use and into copyright infringement. I’m not a fan of that kind of legal reasoning. It’s something to watch. Hollywood Reporter