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Oh, reason! Why has thou forsaken me?

I am so fucking sick of this pseudo-populist bullshit. Everybody is so upset over SOPA and PIPA now that suddenly they couldn’t access Wikipedia but where the fuck was everyone last week or last month? 8 million people accessed their US representative’s/senator’s information on Wikipedia. Couldn’t they have done so last before? H.R.3261 was introduced on October 26, 2011. That’s almost three months ago. S.968 was introduced on May 12, 2011. That’s over eight months ago! Where has all that outrage has been until now?!?!?! SOPA and PIPA are basically this winter’s “Occupy” trend/fad.
And why are people in Canada so worked up about it? This isn’t even Canadian legislation. Has anyone you know bothered calling or writing their local MP to protest Bill C-11? How about the copyright/IP section in TPP? Or ACTA? Does anyone even know what these acronyms stand for?
Maddox is right: http://maddox.xmission.com. So what’s going to happen is that eventually all the self-empowered sheeple will end up losing interest and the politicians on the payroll of the special interest groups will eventually push through all the horrible legislation they want, by attaching it to other bills, just like Senator Jon Kyl has done with the Port Security Bill. Tiddly-fucking-do!

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Another day, another ridiculous lawsuit over publicity rights.

As ready on Daily Mail / Mail Online website:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2016932/Kim-Kardashian-sues-Old-Navy-ad-lookalike-Melissa-Molinaro-Reggie-Bushs-new-girl.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Kim Kardashian is suing Old Navy for commercial featuring Melissa Molinaro who does look like Kardashian. Here are some interesting issues that I can see:

1. Quote from the article: “Kim filed her federal lawsuit against Old Navy in Los Angeles today, asserting that the company are using the double in order to make people believe she is associated with the label.”

–  That would be interesting to try to prove since MM is an existing starlet. Her career may be helped along by the fact that she does look like KK (just look at the initials!) but she is a separate person. Since the lawsuit would virtually bar MM from modeling because of her looks then I wounder if MM would have grounds to sue KK for commerce interference? If this does go to court, then I suggest calling Reggie Bush to testify. He has dated KK for three years and is currently dating MM. Perhaps he could specify whether they’re more different or alike.

2. Quote from the article:  “A statement from Kim’s representation reads: ‘Old Navy launched a multimedia advertising campaign featuring television and online ads that misappropriate Kardashian’s likeness in the form of a celebrity look-alike, and styled the infringing ads to evoke Kardashian’s identity and persona.’ ”

– Actually the ad isn’t an infringing one since the ad agence did not copy someone else’s advertisement. What is infringing, are apparently Miss Molinaro’s looks. And I doubt KK can claim a copyright on her looks. That would belong to her plastic surgeon and/or god almighty.

3. Quote from the article: ” ‘Kim Kardashian is immediately recognisable, and is known for her look and style. Her identity and persona are valuable. When her intellectual property rights are violated, she intends to enforce them,’ her lawyer [intellectual property attorney Gary Heckler] added. ”

– Since when the mannerisms and looks are intellectual property? Again, the only ones of the claim here are the potential deities and MD’s.

All in all, a ridiculous lawsuit though not nearly is insane as White v Samsung or Lohan v eTrade…

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