Why is Eminem complaining about National’s ad, didn’t he copy the bass line from Led Zeppelin?
Regan Cunliffe reports
Yesterday afternoon, the Internet Party posted the following tweet:
Letâ€™s be blunt. Not having Netflix in New Zealand has nothing to do with infrastructure.
This tweet was 2 days after the Sunday Star Times published a story about how an estimated 30,000 Netflix subscribers had been unable to access the streaming content service. The problem had actually been resolved 3 days earlier to thatÂ as we reported. Read more »
Last night Kim Dotcom tweeted about his former employee suing him for unpaid wages.
One of my former staff couldn’t have kids. I gifted 25K for IVF & gave them a child. Now they are suing me for 130K coz I’m a bad employer.
â€” Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) April 7, 2014
What Kim Dotcom doesn’t state is that he worked that staff member 90 hours per week at below the minimum wage. If he had paid his staff at or above the minimum wage while he continued to live a life of opulence then the staff member might have been able to save for himself rather than going cap in hand to Dotcom.
This is how Dotcom operates, he makes people dependent upon him, then hands out “gifts” instead of paying outstanding wages, and then when the staff decided to pursue him for the wages he slams them in public on twitter when there is a court process underway. The true mark of a sociopath treating people as play things, manipulating them emotionally and financially to keep them under control.
It was to be expected really, after Russel Norman bent his knee in supplication to Kim Dotcom, but it would appear that the Green party has a massive copyright issue on their plates right now.
I’m pretty sure that neither Peter Jackson, Wingnut Films nor Warner Brothers will have given permission to the Green party to use their images political advertising.
Olivia Wannan at Stuff reports
We’ve funded the shows, but what rights do we have to watch them online?
Government funding agency NZ On Air is arguing that partially and fully funded television content should be permanently and freely available on the web.
But the idea is being opposed by producers and broadcasters, whose on-demand streaming of shows is typically taken down a few weeks after their broadcast dates.
With television viewer numbers dropping, a large number of Kiwis are missing the latest taxpayer-funded shows, a report from NZ On Air says.
Even the most popular programmes are seen by a just fraction of the total available audience. The top-rating New Zealand’s Got Talent, for instance, is being watched by just under a quarter of the population.
But with online audiences growing, the agency is proposing a permanent online home such as NZ On Screen, its own television and film-content website, for all funded television.
“Audiences expect to be able to access content when and where they want,” the report says.
I’m with NZ On Air with this one. Â Move with the times. Â We paid for it, we want to see it. Â And not just when broadcasters put it on air. Â Read more »
Labour attacked John Key for using “Clocks”…lefty twats like Russell Brown made a massive fuss over it. Â You know, being such a champion of rights holders. Â So I’m looking forward to an equally sizeable stoush over this.
What are the odds that Labour haven’t paid for the rights to use/broadcast Lorde’s Royals during their convention?
What are the odds this is just a right-wing beat up. move along, nothing to see here?
What are the odds that this is just another example of do as we say not as we do left wing hypocrisy?
Pretty Damn Good, I would say.
It appearsÂ The Publisherâ€™s Association don’t have a sense of humour when it comes to Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize winning novel The Luminaries having been available from Krim Dotcon’s MEGA site:
The Publisherâ€™s Association has expressed disappointment that links to author Eleanor Cattonâ€™s Man Booker Prize winning novelÂ The LuminariesÂ have been made available for free download by a New Zealand registered company.
The novel was discovered on Kim Dotcomâ€™s file-sharing website MEGA yesterday.
â€śEveryone is rightly proud of the achievements of Eleanor Catton on the world stage so to see her work given away without her consent by a fellow Kiwi company is really appalling,â€ť Publishers Association of New Zealand president Sam Elworthy says.
â€śWe should be doing all we can to support the good work of not only these two artists but also every New Zealander who makes an honest living from his or her creative works.
â€śMEGA should do more to ensure this kind of thing does not occur.â€ť
Whaleoil is keeping an eye on it as well. Â If it happens again, we’ll contact the good people atÂ Copyright Licensing Limited directly to deal with the problem.
In fact, we’ve located more copies of Eleanor’s work on another service – and will hand those details on shortly. Â Not everything can be found by using Google you know Krim! Â Read more »
Taking out the Booker Prize for Literature is an amazing feat. Â It is like a Nobel Prize, a Rugby World Championship and an Olympic gold medal all in one.
So well done, Eleanor Catton, who won the Booker Prize for her epic novel The Luminaries.
As expected, winning the Prize has made getting hold of a copy of the book rather difficult. Â Library waiting Â lists are into the hundreds, and book shops have sold all their advanced copies.
Living in an electronic world, my immediate reaction was “Surely there isn’t a shortage of the book delivered for the Kindle, or other e-book reader?”.
A quick search of Amazon.com proved that not only was the electronic version easy to get hold of, after taking the exchange rate into account, it was also cheaper and provides you essentially immediate access. Â No need to pre-order, or go on a long waiting list.
Next I wondered if the book had managed to make itself to the hands of those people that remove the encryption and digital rights management. Â A bit of poking around the Internet, and it turns out it can already be obtained for free. Â Instant download. Â Read more »
After the Campbell Live interview with John Key I made a highlights video of the spanking that John Campbell received.
No sooner than I had posted it had TV3 slapped me with a copyright violation…my video was 6:39 of an 18min interview. I have made 683 videos and am careful to follow the rules. I never cover up source video logos, and if from a major media provider I never run ads in pre-roll or over the top.
Nonetheless TV3 tried to use copyright provisions to ban my video. The irony of TV3, the biggest supporters (after the NZ Herald) of copyright thief Kim Dotcom, used copyright provisions to try and shut down a video that showed their hero in poor light.
I appealed the ban…and won.
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we’ve completed processing your counter-notification regarding these video(s):
This content has been restored unless you have deleted the video(s). Your account will not be penalized.
TheÂ YouTubeÂ Copyright Team
TV3 should hold their heads in shame, they are shills for Kim Dotcom and tried ti use the very rules he opposes to try and shut me down.
Yesterday I blogged about Patrick Lee-lo and his junket and posted a photograph.
That evening IÂ receivedÂ a letter attempting to get me to take it down claiming copyright.
Unfortunately for Ms Taranto a snarky and overly legalised letter to me doesn’t really work.Â Read more »