Category Archives: Policy & Ethics

LUCASFILM STEPS IN! ORDERS THEM TO REMOVE CLAIM! JUSTICE!!

Star Wars Theory has announced that Lucasfilm has stepped in and removed the copyright claim on his greenlit fan film. Just a day after SWT posted a video with Warner Chappell’s rogue response to the claim, threatening the popular YouTube channel with removal of the video. In his post, SWT thanked everyone that shared his plight and made his story trend enough to get the attention of Lucasfilm. – Michael Whay, Streaming-TV » https://youtu.be/5wn2jYlmvy4
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Roku pulls Infowars channel citing complaints from “concerned parties”

In its statement announcing the decision to remove the channel, Roku did not say that Infowars had now broken any of its rules, as most of the other platforms that have removed the channel have done. It did not clarify whether the “concerned parties” were users, or advertisers who didn’t want their brands displayed next to the Infowars channel. – Jon Porter, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2SX7Lal

Disney filed a YouTube copyright claim on a Darth Vader fan film—and the creator is shocked

…Star Wars Theory said Walt Disney Music Company and the Warner Chappell music company put in a copyright claim for the music composition. That means the money that wasn’t supposed to be earned by anybody is now going to those companies, and the film that was supposed to be commercial-free, per the agreement between Star Wars Theory and Lucasfilms, will now have advertisements. It’s upset Star Wars Theory—who said he hired a composer to create original music for his film, meaning it shouldn’t have been copyright claimed. – Josh Katzowitz, The Daily Dot » http://bit.ly/2RwVGvS

Netflix is raising prices across of all of its tiers

Netflix is raising prices across all of its streaming plans between 13 to 18 percent, marking its largest price hike to date. CNBC reports that the lowest $8 tier will now cost $9 while the $11 and $14 plans will increase to $13 and $16, respectively. New subscribers will be subject to the higher prices immediately while current Netflix members will see the new pricing roll out over the next three months, according to CNBC. – Mallory Locklear, Engadget » https://engt.co/2FAyWUz

Vizio exec: we’d have to charge a premium on “dumb” TVs to make up for the money we’ll lose by not spying on you

At CES, the Verge’s Nilay Patel interviewed Vizio CTO Bill Baxter, who told her that when it comes to the surveillance features of his company’s “smart” TVs, “it’s not just about data collection. It’s about post-purchase monetization of the TV…[When it comes to ‘dumb’ TVs,] we’d collect a little bit more margin at retail to offset it.” – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing » http://bit.ly/2RJEHWl

The First Dumb Meme Accident of 2019 Is Here

Lieutenant Travis Lyman, a spokesperson for the department, told Gizmodo that a 17-year-old girl tried her luck with the meme on Monday and ended up crashing into another vehicle. He said the girl was driving down Layton Parkway with a 16-year-old passenger when she blindfolded herself by pulling her beanie down over her eyes. She didn’t last long before drifting into the opposite lane and colliding with a car. – Rhett Jones, Gizmodo » http://bit.ly/2Fw2NgC
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