random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
   Crocket isn't the only marine desecrating corpses, though. At company formation First Sergeant Martinez says, "Because we are U.S. marines, and honorable, we do not shoot dead men, we do not carve their skulls open with our E-tools, we do not throw grenades into a pit of corpses, and after we don't do these things, we don't take pictures of the resultant damage. If we do take pictures, and the pictures are discovered, we will be punished under the Uniform Code of Military Justice."

tagged: war, military, trophies, desecration, violence
  —Anthony Swofford, Anthony Swofford. Jarhead (2003) p.239-240.

professorial copyright wackiness

Friday, April 4th, 2008

This professor is claiming that a student note service violates his copyright on his lectures. (wired 4/4, link from Fred @ EFF on a mailing list) Student note services gather actual student notes of lectures, and sell them to students — who presumably missed a lecture, took bad notes themselves, or want to see another […]

arrested for 20-second recording

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Some poor kid took a short clip of the Transformers movie, and was hauled out and arrested. The theater (Regal Cinemas Ballston Common 12, in Arlington, Virginia) is pressing charges that could land this 19yo in prison for a year for the 20-second film clip. She recorded the clip to show her little brother, because […]

Wiley copyright imbroglio at science blog

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Last week a copyright imbroglio broke out at a science blog which had written a post critiquing mainstream coverage of a science article; the blog had posted a figure from the paper to demonstrate bad science writing in the mainstream media. Wiley sent a C&D; the blogger agreed to take the material down (actually took […]

shaolin trademarks and copyright as generic for IP

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

In an SFgate story about conflicts between folks trying to take Shaolin practice in different directions, I spotted this: In recent years, the main temple’s abbot, Shi YongXin, has tried to copyright the Shaolin name. He’s also been criticized for commercializing the faith. YongXin gave his approval to Ho’s venture in San Francisco. Really? I […]

lost licensing revenue & Google Print

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

I just got around to reading the weekend’s Washington Post Google Print editorials, pro (Mary Sue Coleman, UMich Pres) & con (Nick Taylor, Authors’ Guild). Short editorials, and I suppose the format limits their ability to go beyond rhetoric (“access to vast libraries of content” … “this is a socialist plot!”) into any actual legal […]

help stop massive infringement

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Concerned about massive copyright infringement? The folks at unhappy birthday.com are, too, and have some suggestions for how you can help. [link from sivacracy]

no play for fan play

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

San Francisco’s counterPULSE Theater got a cease-and-desist from Fox TV demanding they cancel their sold-out live action performance of “Once More, With Feeling” (the Buffy musical). According to SFist, Buffy creator Joss Whedon said he had no objection to the staging of the show. [link from whedonesque]

copyrighted tattoos?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

WebIndia has a report about a fight between a tattoo artist and a tattoo recipient. (I found it odd that it was listed in the sports page until I thought, hmm, maybe Beckham is some sort of athlete; then I remembered the soccer flick “Bend It Like Beckham” and suddenly the title made sense, and […]

copy & photo shops behaving stupidly around copyright

Friday, June 17th, 2005

I’ve heard stories like this before, but this AP article [boston.com 6/16] has more discussion about the problems caused by private third-party policing of copyrights.

Civil Rights Leader Calls for Copyright Civil Disobedience

Friday, January 21st, 2005

“I would call upon everyone who has access to ‘Eyes on the Prize’ to openly violate any and all laws regarding its showing,” says civil rights leader Lawrence Guyot, who led the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and today is a program manager for the D.C. Department of Human Services. from


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