Archive for October 16th, 2007

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From EditorandPublisher.com

NEW YORK The Associated Press said today that it is suing online news distributor “Moreover” and its parent company VeriSign. The news cooperative is seeking to stop the companies from accessing and publishing AP material and infringing on copyrights and trademarks.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York today. AP sent the companies a cease-and-desist letter on September 11.

“The Associated Press spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year gathering and reporting the news, providing original coverage of vital breaking news that cannot be obtained anywhere else,” Tom Curley, president and CEO of the AP, said in a statement. “When someone uses our content without our permission, they are free riding on our newsgathering and our reporting of news from around the world.”

A spokesperson for VeriSign said the company could not comment on pending litigation.

AP is seeking unspecified damages and a permanent injunction against the companies.

“Moreover” claims that AP is a source for its major news coverage, according to AP. “This suit is about two companies that are willfully misappropriating and infringing upon AP’s proprietary news reports on a continuous basis, and are falsely associating themselves with AP, to operate and promote their fee-based and ad-supported services, which they promise will deliver real-time news in as fast as two minutes of publication,” Srinandan Kasi, AP vice president and general counsel, said in a statement.

VeriSign, based in Mountain View, Calif., offers services that enable and protect billions of interactions every day across voice, video and data networks.

This has the potential to seriously affect the way you get your news. AP is obviously not in the business of disseminating the news, but rather in the business of business. 

There is a portion of the lawsuit that indicates they will are not just upset about the posting of entire stories or snips but also sites that post links.

We will continue to post as we always have until the judgment is handed down. If the ruling is in favor of AP, we will have to rethink how we post articles from them.

Interesting times, eh?

This post at The Existentialist Cowboy is too long to re-post here – but really needs to be read!! Take the time in your day to check it out.

From The Wall Street Journal online:

The third-quarter disclosure reports out today indicate that Rudy Giuliani’s campaign is actively returning checks in denominations that are tied to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with eight returned checks to individual donors for $9.11, and one returned contribution of $911.

Giuliani, who was New York mayor at the time of the attacks, took some heat last month when reports surfaced that a group of California supporters were hosting a “$9.11 for Rudy” fund-raiser. Critics and presidential opponents said the former mayor was capitalizing off the terrorist attacks, but his campaign stressed that there was no direct connection between the individual donors and the campaign’s fund-raising operation.

Patricia Arcaro, a retired Philadelphia-area attorney, said she sent a $9.11 check to Giuliani after hearing about the fund-raiser on the news. “I am a strong supporter of Rudy Giuliani and I immediately sat down and wrote a check to the campaign,” she said in an interview today. “I think it would have been a great grass-roots campaign effort.”

Arcaro said afterward she received a letter with a return check from the campaign that stated, “Unfortunately we must return your contribution. We do not solicit or collect financial support that is indicative of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.” It was signed by Giuliani campaign treasurer John Gross. [Interesting – since it looks to us that 9/11 and his role in it are the cornerstone of his campaign.]

Arcaro was undeterred. “I turned around and sent a substantially larger check for $910,” she said. “I said, ‘Ok, fine I’ll do it that way.’”

Denny Gilbert of Ohio offered a similar take, noting that he heard about the $9.11 fund-raiser on the news. “That’s what prompted me to send it,” Gilbert said today. “I didn’t ask for it back.” Gilbert said he was aware of the criticisms about using 9/11 as a fund-raising tool. “I know there was some objecting to it, and I thought ‘Well, that’s b—s—.” Gilbert had not contributed to Giuliani’s campaign before, but he said he will likely send him another check for a sum that isn’t $9.11.

We wonder whether they would have returned a check for $911,000!? 

Say “When” started as a site for people who have had enough of George Bush. We are finding now that we are becoming tired of ALL politicians. In a quest to put out information about the candidates in the 2008 presidential campaign, Democrap and Repuglican, we will be posting interesting tidbits about those who desire the position of the next “leader of the free world.” (From where we sit…it’s looking less and less free on a daily basis.) 

A little history lesson: If you don’t know the answer, make your best guess. Answer all the questions before looking at the answers at the end of this short test.

1) “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”

A. Karl Marx

B. Adolph Hitler

C. Joseph Stalin

D. None of the above

2) “It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few…and to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity.”

A. Lenin

B. Mussolini

C. Idi Amin

D. None of the Above

3) “(We)…can’t just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.”

A. Nikita Khrushev

B. Josef Goebbels

C. Boris Yeltsin

D. None of the above

4) “We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own…in order to create this common ground.”

A. Mao Tse Dung

B. Hugo Chavez

C. Kim Jong Il

D. None of the above

5) “I certainly think the free-market has failed.”

A. Karl Marx

B. Lenin

C. Molotov

D. None of the above

6) “I think it’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched.”

A. Pinochet

B. Milosevic

C. Saddam Hussein

D. None of the above

Answers:

(1) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton

6/29/2004

(2) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton

5/29/2007

(3) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007

(4) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007

(5) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007

(6) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005