Top Twos-Day: Supreme Justice?

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Today, the US Supreme Court discussed Aereo and the sovereignty of the consumer, according to some; while others argue copyright infringement. What’s going on? “Justices will hear arguments from lawyers for 2-year-old Aereo and for a group of companies that operate TV networks, including ABC, CBS, Disney Enterprises, NBC Studios and the Public Broadcasting Service. The plaintiffs argue that Aereo is infringing their copyrights by charging customers a monthly fee to stream over-the-air-broadcasts to their mobile devices and television sets.”

“This case puts the principle of consumer sovereignty, which has played a critical role in driving innovation and competition in the digital revolution, to the test.”—Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America

PC World Magazine has more…

The Guardian is covering a story we need to keep an eye on: Book banning in UK prisons. “The new rules, which came into force in November, prevent prisoners from receiving parcels from the outside unless they have ‘exceptional circumstances’, such as a medical condition. Books, subscription magazines and clothing are all prohibited. Follow the link to both eye-popping articles, and few the video as actors, playwrights and poets voice their grave concerns. Read more…

Heads up, video contains adult content – do watch for Kathy Lette’s piece where she refers to receiving books signed by her readers.

What do you think?

Is Aereo infringing on copyrights?

And speaking of rights, do prisoners have rights, such as the right to books and eh hem, clean underwear?

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  1. There’s so much involved with this Aereo case. “Artists’ rights”…not to mention big business cornering/controlling the market (artists not getting a bit of all that in many cases). If cable companies had been more customer satisfaction oriented instead of abusive – and giving customers real value for the money, people would be more supportive of them, too.
    This is a whole can of worms thing. No doubt whatever the ruling, unexpected results will probably be stunning – and costly to consumers. This is a big ruling in any case
    The prison packages thing. Going to be cautious there and do some research. It looks like the rule not designed as a book ban – a security issue with stuff smuggled in…prisoners get very creative…even a thin wire or innocent looking scrap can be a part used to construct a weapon…we won’t even get into the way paper can be infused with drugs. This is a safety concern.
    Not all countries supply prisoners with all daily needs (like underwear) – In some countries items do have to be bought or sent in by relatives. Every place is different, but prisoners have access to big libraries here – and can “order” books and materials from the larger system. Items can be screened to make sure they are “clean” and only contain information.
    Writers, actors, and celebrities sometimes emotionally jump on board without the full story – or realizing the consequences.
    So caution on this one.


    1. good points, Phil…yes, and yes, we all need primary source info to verify as we form opinions. I’m glad to put the links out here for others to discover and line up on whichever side they chose.

      1. It’s just so annoying there’s so little respect for the artists, photographers, and writers by large companies, yet those giants always shout they are protecting the creative ones’ interests. Only the famous ones (who can afford lawyers to battle the big guys) seem to benefit?

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